Third graders at Bay Ridge’s P.S. 102 spent an afternoon with man’s best friend on Monday, June 22 thanks to the NYPD K-9 Unit.
“The NYPD K-9 Unit is fascinating,” said Assemblymember Nicole Malliotakis, who organized the event. “The bond and level of trust between the officer and the dog is remarkable, and their value in investigations and crime prevention is undoubted.”
Students spent the afternoon outside in the small schoolyard, watching the dogs respond to commands, and learning about the different missions they are taken on, and even got to spend some one-on-one time petting the dogs.
“Thank you to Nicole Malliotakis for making this possible for us today,” said P.S. 102 Principal Cornelia Sichenze. “It’s very positive, not only that the students are learning about the care and help that the K-9 unit provides, but it also builds trust between the children and the New York City Police Department.”
According to K-9 Unit Officer Mateyaschuk, the dogs go through rigorous training courses, and help out on different types of missions including missing persons cases, bomb searches and narcotics searches.
“I hope this demonstration gave the children an understanding of and [an] appreciation for our police officers and their working dogs,” added Malliotakis.