Our Training Staff
Officer Greco obtained a Degree in Animal Care in 1973, has been providing canine training sessions, scent detection, bite work, and tracking, for the past 33 years. Officer Greco, a law enforcement officer for over 19 years, is a member of the United States Police Canine Association and the California Narcotics Canine Association. Officer Greco holds licenses from the State of New York, for high explosives, and the US Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) as a certified Narcotics Training Facility.

Officer Greco has given several Narcotic Canine Detection Seminars in Lake Placid, New York for the New York State Association of Incarcerated Education Programs and has presented Drug Awareness Programs for S.A.D.D., Nassau County Department of Drug and Alcohol, Adult Educational Programs, and over 50 schools in the Tri-State area. Officer Greco has been contacted in the past by televisions Inside Edition, Good Morning America, Television show, Law and Order, 880 radio news, and New York News Channel 4. We have also been contracted out in the past to supply Narcotic and Explosive Detection, Personal Protection, and Estate/Security/Special Events Teams for various Security Companies, cruise ship lines, airports, major hotel chains, hospitals, private businesses, and schools.

Officer Greco with Ada at Quantico Va.

Long Island K-9 would like to welcome Officer John Hansen to our training staff. John is retired from NYPD where he was a K-9 handler for over 13 years working as a patrol dog handler. John has in-depth canine training in, Narcotic and Explosive detection, building and area searches, tracking, article search, and handler protection. John has been training canine teams in patrol explosive and narcotic detection for over 7 years. John recently returned from Iraq after living there for 3 1/2 years. While in Iraq, John established and was instrumental in creating the National Iraqi Police Canine Training Center in Baghdad. John has trained, mentored and certified over 50 Iraqi police officers as canine explosive and narcotic detection handlers. John’s intense training with these teams has been a vital asset in the security and stabilization of Baghdad and the entire country of Iraq. Pictured below is John wearing white pants and a red shirt along with his (Iraqi Police) explosive detection teams that successfully completed and graduated from his explosive detection course in Baghdad, Iraq.

Long Island K-9 welcomes Officer Steve Hossack to our training staff. Steve has 24 years of law enforcement background and 15 of those years has been as a handler/trainer for an upstate, NY Police Department. He has had three K-9 partners in his career, one of which was trained totally by himself. Steve has impressive credentials when it comes to canines. Steve has placed first in U. S. P. C. A. Region #7 in the police dog trials in June of 2001, and placed 10th in the nation at the police dog nationals held in August of 2001. He has exceptional knowledge in both, narcotic and explosive detection training. At the present time, Steve is the K-9 trainer for his department. We would like to welcome Steve to our training staff and we look forward to working with him. Having Steve as a trainer/consultant is an asset to the Long Island K-9 Team.

Meet Ahma, one of our Explosive Detection Dogs. She was trained by LIK-9, and Handled by Sergeant John Thomas from the US Federal Police.

Pictured here on the left with
Ahma, is Sergeant John Thomas.

Sergeant Thomas has 24 years experience of service as a K-9 Officer. John retired in 2002 from the Hudson Police Department located in Hudson, New York. Sergeant Thomas was then hired by the Department of Veteran Affairs Police as a Federal Police Officer.

Upon graduation from the Federal Police Academy in Arkansas, Sergeant Thomas was upgraded to the position of K-9 Officer. He will be the 8th K-9 Team for this Federal Agency, and in addition, the First Explosive K-9 Team in the City of Albany at the Stratton VA Medical Center.

I would like to thank Long Island K-9 Service, Owner Officer James Greco, and Officer Steve Hossack for choosing and training Ahma. Ahma will be a great asset to the VA Police Department in the city of Albany, New York and the entire VA Police Network throughout New York State. Keep up the good work!!!!!!!