19 Explosive Sniffing Canine Cops Graduate

NEW YORK (AP) -
MTA Police Chief Michael Coan prepares to place a graduation collar on “Augie,” during K-9 graduation ceremony Friday in New York. (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews)
MTA Police Chief Michael Coan prepares to place a graduation collar on “Augie,” during K-9 graduation ceremony Friday in New York. (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews)

Nineteen New York pooches trained to sniff out explosives have become official law enforcement officers.

The newest MTA police members matriculated Friday at a ceremony in Manhattan’s Grand Central Terminal. The dog detectives will inspect unattended packages and patrol trains, stations, tracks and MTA facilities.

Canine officers last year responded to 27,900 jobs, inspecting and clearing 2,619 unattended packages. Their names are: Augie, Chief, Daehan, Foxy, Geo, Holland, Joey, Mac, Patriot, Sentry, T.J., Vinny, Blue, Boomer, Dante, Falco, Nox, Sentinel and Tank. All were named to remember “fallen heroes” who served in the military, police and fire departments.