K9 Division


Police K9 Max & Sergeant Rushkoski


Police K9 Romulus & Officer Culver

R.I.P. K9 Miky​: Daily Freeman article

The Saugerties Police Department is currently comprised of two canines.  K-9 Max is a dual purpose dog, trained in explosive detection and patrol.  His handler is Segeant Jeremy Rushkoski.  Max is Sergeant Rushkoski's second canine.  Max, along with all the equipment necessary was procured through a grant from New York State Department of Homeland Security.  

Following the retirement of Sergeant Michael Craft and K-9 Sara, the a replacement canine was purchased and Officer Jennifer Culver was selected to be the new handler.  K-9 Romulus and Officer Culver are currently in training for tracking, crowd control, building searches, and narcotics detection.  Both Romulus and Culver are expected to graduate from school in May 2019.

The police department and the community continue to benefit from the specialized service that the unit affords in the field of law enforcement.

  • Discover illicit drugs, explosives, chemicals and other illegal substances
  • Find and rescue individuals that are missing or have been kidnapped
  • Track and apprehend fugitives fleeing from the law
  • Discover cadavers that have been buried or left in the wilderness
  • Locate evidence from crime scenes
  • Inspect vehicles
  • Deter criminals who might otherwise confront or assault a police officer
  • Identify people who have been carrying or have been in contact with illegal drugs and controlled substances