Orange County K-9 academy graduates officers

Mary Jo Manzo-Davey

MONTGOMERY – Several police officers from a number of agencies graduated from the Orange County Sheriff’s K-9 academy last Friday.

Among them was Deputy MaryJo Manzo and her K-9 Davey. She became the first female K-9 officer in the Orange County Sheriff’s Office. Her K- was named in honor of Corrections Officer David Snell, who died in September 2020.

The 2021 K-9 Detector School graduated six Narcotic Detection K-9’s:

  • Officer MaryJo Manzo of the Orange County Sheriff’s Office with K-9 Davey
  • Deputy Kyle Frano of the Ulster County Sheriff’s Office with K-9 Hydra
  • Officer Joseph V. Bell of the Town of New Windsor Police Department with K-9 Duke
  • Officer Jordan Fedun of the Town of Fallsburg Police Department with K-9 Koos
  • Officer Melissa Berke of the Village of Monroe Police Department with K-9 Keen
  • Officer Joseph Mendez of the Village of Washingtonville Police Department with K-9 Jax

Three Explosive Detection K-9’s:

  • Officer Joseph Mercurio of the Rockland County Sheriff’s Office with K-9 Ott
  • Officer Jonathan Saintiche of the City of Peekskill Police Department with K-9 Bones
  • Officer Robert Reilly of the Town of Clarkstown Police Department with K-9 Yara. 

The program was coordinated and instructed by Lead Trainer/K-9 Unit Supervisor, Sergeant Dustin Palen along with Assistant Trainers Deputy Sheriff Jeremy Yela, Deputy Sheriff Vincent Iannuzzi and Deputy Sheriff Kyle Frano.



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