Criminal justice students at High School West learned from experts with the NYPD’s K-9 unit on Tuesday.
A pair of officers from the NYPD as well as Johnny, a Belgian Malinois, visited the students to explain how the dogs are trained and aid in law enforcement.
Six different K-9 units exist within the NYPD. That includes Johnny’s unit, which includes 54 dogs and primarily focuses on the transit system and special events, such as New Year’s Eve in Times Square.
All dogs in the transit unit are bomb dogs, and some are “enhanced” to detect other substances.
The students even learned about the Fourth Amendment, and why the NYPD has fewer drug-sniffing dogs than bomb-detection dogs. That’s because you cannot constitutionally search someone for drugs based solely on identification from a K-9, the officers explained.
Johnny’s unit focuses on the 460 subway stations within the city’s transit system — particularly the major hubs.
Johnny, by the way, is named for the late FDNY captain John Vigiano.
Date Added: 4/5/2022