19 canine police officers have graduated from MTA police explosives detection and anti-terrorism training.
Two of the dogs are headed to work with the Putnam County Sheriff's office. The dogs and their human handlers trained in Stormville New York. Construction of a new training academy on the site is almost completed. The 15 canine officers working with the MTA will inspect suspicious packages and patrol the trains, stations, tracks and related facilities. The Putnam County Sheriff's Office is a regional partners of the MTA.
Dogs are approximately one year old when they go through the 12-week training course. They live with their human partners, and can serve in active duty for up to eight or nine years before retiring.
The two dogs headed to Putnam County are named Satch and Sentinel.
Satch was named in honor of Deputy Putnam County Sheriff Michael Neuner, who as a volunteer firefighter was killed in line of duty on June 22, 1997, when a floor collapsed beneath him inside a burning house. Sentinel was named in honor of Putnam County War Veterans of Iraq and Afghanistan.