SYRACUSE, N.Y. -- New graduates were strutting their stuff at Syracuse's Inner Harbor Friday.
Five K-9 Units from across Central New York and the Southern Tier have spent months trying to earn the honor.
Dogs are trained on how to react in certain situations. In the fall some will be returning for narcotics and explosives training. Leaders say it's a special relationship that forms during training.
"Dog and handler are together probably more than with their families, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. You put trust in the dog; the dog puts his trust in you. The dog lives to work, loves to go to work. It's a nice feeling," said Syracuse Police Sgt. Tim Stepien.
Officers say there's also extra dedication for handlers, who have to train the dogs outside of work and take care of the animal's well being also.