The Southern Tier Police Canine Association was founded in 1984, and is a nationally recognized non-profit 501c(3) organization.  The STPCA volunteers are dedicated to the training of police, fire, and search and rescue dogs and their handlers.  Our main areas of operation are in the New York, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania but we have members and dogs placed all over the country and in Canada.  In our 35 years of community service we have worked with over 100 different agencies.  All of our trainers are current or retired police canine handlers.


The STPCA is funded by membership fees and private donations. These funds are used to purchase canines, training equipment, and to cover veterinarian bills in the unfortunate event that one of our canines become injured or ill and the cost is too much of a burden on the canines department.  

Southern Tier Police K9

Our mission provide year round training to canines and their handlers in suspect apprehension, contraband detection (drugs & explosives), searches for missing persons and human remains, tactical tracking, evidence recovery, arson investigations, building searches and patrol.  We also strive to ensure the safety and well being of all canines.  

K-9 Ace 
K-9 Ace is a 3 year old Shepherd mix that is fully trained and  certified as an explosives detection canine.  He is a part of our Homeless to Hero program.  Ace was rescued from a kill shelter in Philadelphia hours before he was to be euthanized.  Ace has excelled in his training but we learned that due to severe hip dysplasia in his right hip he needed a hip replacement.  In late July of 2019 we took Ace for surgery and he has recovered well.  He has completed physical therapy and better than new.  and have a long successful career.  He is awaiting the perfect handler and job.  If you would like to support of Homeless to Hero program,  donations can be made online through our donations page. Checks can be written out to Southern Tier Police Canine Association and mailed to the address on our contact page.