Dates of service: 2011 - present
An explosive detection K-9 program is being implemented as a result of a $50,000 grant awarded by the New York State Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Services. The grant has allowed the department to acquire an appropriately equipped SUV, training and equipment for the dog’s handler.
K-9 Mika is a 2 year old female German Shepherd. Mika was donated by a breeder in Albany, NY for police service.
Mika was assigned to Deputy Solovitch in November 2011 and the team graduated from the New York State Police Canine Academy in Cooperstown, NY. in March, 2012.
While at the academy Deputy Solovitch and Mika underwent a strenuous program during which the team was instructed in: basic obedience, agility, handler protection, detection, tracking, and building searches. The team was required to pass all aspects of training before becoming a certifed K-9 team.
Mika’s namesake is U.S. Army Cpl Michael L. Mayne of Burlington Flats, NY. Cpl Mayne died on February 23, 2009 from wounds received during an insurgent attack on his unit in Balad, Iraq. Cpl Mayne was assigned to the 5th Squadron, 1st Cavalry Regiment, 1st Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division.