Students enrolled in the Public Safety and Justice Program at Oswego County BOCES met two very special four-legged members of the New York State Police K9 Unit and learned that the phrase, “man’s best friend” is no cliché.
Mark Bender, the students’ instructor and a full-time New York State Trooper, brought his canine partner, Mandin, into the class. They were joined by fellow Trooper Kevin Conners, who brought his canine partner, Lynde.
Mandin, a Czech shepherd, is a patrol dog trained to search for narcotics and trained in handler protection, criminal tracking and apprehension.
Lynde is part of the New York State Police Bloodhound Team and is a trained scent-specific trailing dog.
Troopers Bender and Conners talked to students about the training program they completed with their respective K9 partners and how their K9 partner assists them in various on-the-job situations.
The two troopers and their partners staged a few typical scenarios, giving students an opportunity to see how K9s assisted in trailing and apprehending a criminal.
Instructors for the Public Safety and Justice Program are highly-trained professionals currently working in the field, allowing the program to stay current and better prepare its students for today’s workforce.
Bender is in his 12th year at Oswego County BOCES and his 20th year with the New York State Police.
The City of Oswego Police Department, after consultation with the New York State Department of Transportation and the Oswego County District Attorney’s Office, has concluded the investigation report for the A-Bus trolley vs. pedestrian accident that occurred May 9 at the intersection of West Bridge and West Seneca streets.
The investigation determined the operator of the trolley bus was traveling westbound on West Seneca Street and did make an improper left turn into an unmarked one way turning spur. That spur
is intended for westbound West Bridge Street traffic to travel eastbound on West Seneca Street.
While the trolley bus was attempting to enter eastbound West Bridge Street traffic, it hit two pedestrians that were crossing West Bridge Street, apparently diagonally from north to south and outside of a crosswalk.
Leadership Oswego County, a program of the SUNY Oswego Office of Business and Community Relations, will hold graduation ceremonies for its class of 2014 at 6 p.m. Friday, May 30, in Sheldon Hall ballroom on the SUNY Oswego campus.
This marks the 21st year of the program that teaches community trusteeship, leadership skills, current issues and networking to a diverse group of community residents.
Leadership Oswego County prepares a select group of county residents to become the community leaders of the future. Continue reading →
Creation Studio, a Christian Dance Studio located at 198 W. First St., Oswego, will have its recital at 6 p.m. May 17 at the Oswego Community Christian School, 400 E. Albany St., Oswego.
Dance director Jessica Goodnough said this is the studio’s first year. The recital is titaled “Shine for Him!” and it hopes to encourage the audience through the performances to “uplifting music that points us to what really matters in life — our relationship with God.”