There’s a new handler and a new K-9 officer with ties to the past of the Albany County Sheriff’s Office. The new German Shepherd is now named “Moe” in honor of retired Sr. Investigator Maureen McGuire-Honikel, who died in November 2011 of brain cancer, according to Sheriff Craig Apple. K-9 “Moe” will be trained specifically in explosive detection and tracking.
Bringing “Moe” to the office came from a Federal grant that paid for training and equipment. Deputy Sheriff Joseph Martel has been selected as Moe’s handler. Both will now attend a 20-week training academy.
McGuire-Honikel 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, served as a Deputy Sheriff, Sergeant, Investigator and Senior Investigator. She came from a large family of law enforcement officers and was highly respected by her peers in Federal, State and local law enforcement communities as an extremely dedicated officer, Apple said in a statement.
“Moe” and his handler will be assigned to the Albany County Judicial Center and the Albany International Airport and made available to other police agencies.