SCSO Road Patrol Division K-9

K-9 Aken

K-9 "Aken" and handler, Sergeant Michael Rhinehart
K-9 "Aken" and handler, Sergeant Michael Rhinehart

K9 Aken was born 01-13-11 in the Czech Republic. He received his initial training in Slovakia, and was then shipped to Shallow Creek Kennels in Sharpsville PA in July 2012 where his training was completed.

His handler, Sergeant Michael Rhinehart met up with him on August 27, 2012 and together they both went through 6 weeks of training in narcotics detection and patrol work.

Aken is trained and certified in the following areas:

  • Narcotics detection
  • Criminal Apprehension
  • Building search
  • Area search
  • Article search
  • Tracking
  • Handler protection

Aken is a male German Shepherd.

K-9 Izak

K-9 "Izak" and handler, Deputy John Fowler
K-9 "Izak" and handler, Deputy John Fowler

K-9 Izak is 4½ year old male long haired German Shepherd born in the Czech Republic.  Izak was  "green" or "untrained" when he arrived in the United States and shortly thereafter began his training.

His handler, Deputy John Fowler met up with Izak in the Fall of 2009 and together they both went through 6 weeks of training in bomb detection and patrol work.

Izak is trained and certified in the following areas:

  • Bomb Detection
  • Criminal Apprehension
  • Building search
  • Area search
  • Article/Package search
  • Tracking
  • Handler Protection

Izak is certified in Patrol/Tracking and Explosive Detection by the NYS Division of Criminal Justice Services,  Bureau of Municipal Police.

Both "Izak" and Deputy Fowler and "Aken" and Sergeant Rhinehart participate in monthly training sessions to keep their senses keen.

Both Sheriff's Canine units are available to all Seneca County Law Enforcement Agencies.

If you would like a demonstration of either "Izak" or "Aken", please contact the Seneca County Sheriff's Office.

10/12/2012 - Ithaca Commons - Deputy Fowler and K9 "Izak" assisting Ithaca PD – suspicious package
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10/12/2012 - Ithaca Commons - Deputy Fowler and K9 "Izak" assisting Ithaca PD – suspicious package