On May 30, 2014 Deputy Sheriff
John Demeo and K9 "Ozzie" of the Delaware County Sheriff's Criminal
Investigation Division graduated with honors from the Syracuse
Police Departments K9 Training Academy located in Syracuse, New
The Academy consisted of nine
weeks and 360 hours of training covering the following topics:
Obedience, Agility, Ground Disturbance Tracking, Patrol and
Apprehension. This training is in addition to previously
attended narcotics detection training. This makes K-9 Ozzie
and Deputy Demeo fully certified by New York State as a dual-purpose
K9 team with the ability to provide for narcotics detection, search
for missing persons and patrol work accordingly.
Deputy Demeo and K9 Ozzie also
received the distinguished Sergeant Ron Dalton Award which is
awarded to a new or green K9 team for their outstanding,
professional and dedicated efforts as part of the course.
Sheriff ills commented, "We
are very proud of Deputy Demeo and K9 Ozzie and their ability to
provide their services to the citizens of Delaware County".
K9 Ozzie is named after former
Undersheriff Osman Steele who was killed in the line of duty in 1845
during the anti-rent wars in Andes, NY.