ALBANY, N.Y. - Albany County Sheriff Craig Apple has announced the addition of a K-9 to the Sheriff's Office named Moe.
The Albany County Sheriff's Office was awarded a federal grant which has paid for the K-9, training and equipment. Deputy Sheriff Joseph Martel has been selected as the handler of the new K-9, a German shepherd named Moe, and will be attending a twenty week training academy with the K-9.
Moe will be trained specifically in explosive detection and tracking. Moe and Deputy Martel will be assigned to the Albany County Judicial Center and the Albany International Airport and made available to other police agencies.
Moe was named after retired Sr. Investigator Maureen McGuire-Honikel, who passed away from brain cancer in November 2011.
Maureen was known to most by her nickname, "Moe." She began her extensive career with the Albany County Sheriff's Office in the late 1970's. She served as a Deputy Sheriff, Sergeant, Investigator and Senior Investigator. Sr. Investigator Honikel came from a large family of law enforcement officers. She was highly respected by her peers in Federal, State and local law enforcement communities and was extremely dedicated officer.