New York Police from across the state came to test their skills at the State Preparedness Training Center. The teams of handlers and canines were put through a series of tests in order to prepare them for real life situations.
The scenarios included canines boarding and riding in a helicopter, riding on a boat, a wooded area search, and multiple searches for explosive devices.
The handlers and canines spend many hours together, and training such as this prepares them with tests and scenarios that are not easily replicated in a working city.
The handlers from each department shared ideas and tactics in order to better serve their communities.
Some of the involved agencies came from New York City, Buffalo, Rochester, Albany and Utica.
Eyewitness News reporter Parker Tully brings us more.