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Ozzie's k-9 Graduation Ceremony


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 York.

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.