Dates of Service: 2010 - Present
On March 5, 2009 at approximately 11:20am a contingent from the Sheriff’s Office consisting of Sheriff Richard J. Devlin, Jr, Undersheriff Cameron Allison, Sergeant Raymond Freer and Sergeant Jack Wilkens met the following individuals at the Albany County Airport.
Hilary Sessions of Brandon, Florida
Child Protection Education of America, Inc
Donald R. Wood, Jr. of Cahoes, NY
Doug and Mary Lyall of Ballston Spa, NY
The Center for Hope
Not at Airport but involved in the donation project:
Don and Claudine Ryce
Jimmy Ryce Center for Victims of Predatory Abductions
NYS Sheriff’s Association
The purpose of this meeting was to receive a purebred registered bloodhound puppy that has been donated to the Otsego County Sheriff’s Office. This donation is an addition to the K-9 Division and will be assigned to Sergeant Jack Wilkens. The primary duties of this K-9 are for search and rescue of missing children and challenged adults. The puppy is 8 weeks old and will be trained by Sgt. Wilkens and other volunteers from the community.
This process started in 2008 and Otsego County was one of 5 Sheriff’s Offices in NYS to receive a bloodhound though this program. Bloodhounds are donated throughout the United States and delivered to perspective law enforcement agency. Our k-9 was delivered by Hilary Sessions who transported the animal via airlines from Florida to NY.