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Police Divisions /  K-9

The Amherst Police currently have two police service dogs. Both dog and handler must complete a basic 13 week canine school conducted by the Niagara Regional Police, in St Catherines Ontario. K9 Teams are trained in tracking, building searches, obedience, agility, handler protection, and narcotics detection. Police service dogs must recertify twice annually. To contact Officer Scioli or Caito for Canine services, please call (716) 689-1322.

Officer Scioli and Droopy Photo graphic

Officer Nicholas Scioli began his career with the Amherst Police Department in 2003 and was partnered with his police service dog Droopy in September 2018. Officer Scioli and Droopy trained for 5 months with the Niagara County Sheriff’s Office and are certified by the National Police Bloodhound Association and must re-certify annually. Droppy is trained in tracking people who are lost, missing or wanted.


Officer Caito and Harley Photo graphic

Officer Richard Caito also began his career with the Amherst Police Department in 2003 with and was partnered with his police service dog Harley in August 2018. Officer Caito and Harley attended a 15-week training course conducted by the Niagara Regional Police Service in Ontario, Canada and are certified in tracking, open area & building searches, chase & apprehension, handler protection and narcotics detection. Officer Caito and Harley must re-certify bi-annually.

About Amherst

The Town of Amherst was established in 1818 and celebrated its 200th Anniversary in 2018. The town has a geographical area of 53.6 square miles and a population of greater than 122,000.

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  • 5583 Main Street
  • Williamsville, NY 14221