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They’re the ruffest rookies around.

Ten newly minted NYPD K9s graduated Wednesday from a five-month training program that prepared them for a tough career of sniffing out bombs and keeping the Big Apple safe.


“She’s a lot of fun. She’s very loving,” Detective Joe Giordano told The Post of his new working partner Socha, a two-year-old black Labrador, as she wagged her tail and sat calmly beside him. 

“But she loves to work. She’s all business… She has a great nose, confident in her searching.” 

Wednesday’s graduation at the Icahn Stadium on Randall’s Island celebrated the hard work of five black labradors, two chocolate labradors, two yellow labradors and one pointer mix as they were formally appointed to the NYPD’s Counterterrorism Bureau and Bomb Squad. 

The NYPD Counterterrorism Bureau and family members of fallen officers celebrated the Canine Unit’s graduation ceremony on June 16, 2021 inside the Ichan Stadium on Randall’s Island.Matthew McDermott

The pups went through rigorous training — a minimum of 242 hours — that taught them fierce obedience and how to sniff out bombs.

“It’s just a game to the dog,” Giordano, the Bomb Squad’s kennel master, explained. 

Instead of food or treats, most working dogs are motivated purely by play — when they successfully sniff out a target, they’re rewarded with chew toys, and maybe a few pats, that makes the hard work a lot of fun.  

Officer Capizzuto with K9 “Yogi,” named after fallen officer Detective Stuart Fishkin.Matthew McDermott

Each dog that graduated proudly walked Icahn’s outdoor track with their handler before they were awarded with a medal and a plaque that contained their picture. 

A two-year-old German shorthaired pointer named Davie could hardly contain his excitement as he waited for his name to be called — he got up on his hind legs and jumped on his handler, Officer Alex Gorman, before laying on the ground for an afternoon tongue bath. 

“Each of these teams has gone through extensive training to get to this day, all in an effort to do their part to keep this great city safe now and in the future,” Chief Martine Materasso, who heads up the Counterterrorism Bureau, said during the ceremony. 

A K9 graduate sports a badge on their collar.Matthew McDermott

“We recognize their accomplishments.” 

Materasso said it’s also a day of remembrance — each of the dogs are named after a police officer who died in the line of duty. 

Girodano’s new four-legged partner Socha is named after Detective Ferdinand Socha who died on July 4, 1940 while investigating a time bomb at the World’s Fair in Flushing Meadows park. 

Officer Michele Capizzuto’s 3-year-old K9 Yogi, a yellow labrador and pointer mix, was named after Detective Stuart Fishkin who died from cancer that developed after his search and rescue recovery efforts in the days following September 11th. 

Sanny Liu, left and her daughter Angelina, 4, greet Officer Rosario and K9 “Connolly.”Matthew McDermott

“My husband would love this. He would be honored to have a dog named after him, that much I know,” Fishkin’s widow Donna Fishkin, 54, told The Post. 

“I think he’s the perfect dog to have in memory of my dad. He reminds me and everyone else who saw him that he is literally my dad,” added daughter Faith Fishkin. 

“He has the same smile, same goofy face, same demeanor, personality,” she laughed. 

“He’s a very warm, loving, happy dog — just like my dad was in human form.” 

Ten newly minted NYPD K9s graduated on June 16, 2021 from a five-month training program.Matthew McDermott

While the dogs work the same shifts their human partners do, they also get to go home with them each night and become members of the family. 

Detective Anthony Biondolilo said his two-year-old chocolate lab Lynch adores his children and loves to run around play ball during his off-hours. 

“A few weeks ago, my kids were swimming in the pool. My son jumped in the pool and Lynch thought he was in trouble, even though he wasn’t,” Biondolilo recalled. 

“And then he jumped in the pool, Lynch, and he swam over and pushed my son to the side of the pool. He’s a good dog.”

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World pledges $4B in push to repair COVIDs education damage

LONDON (AP) — International governments and companies have pledged more than $4 billion to educate 175 million children around the world and prevent a generation’s chances being blighted by the coronavirus pandemic.

The commitments came Thursday at a conference in London hosted by Britain, Kenya and funding organization the Global Partnership for Education.

Former Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard, who chairs the partnership, said the donations put it on track to meet its goal of raising $5 billion over the next five years,

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, who addressed the conference alongside Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta, has made girls’ education a flagship project of his Conservative government, and is pushing to get 40 million more girls in school around the world by 2026.

He told conference delegates that education was “the silver bullet … that can solve virtually every problem that afflicts humanity.”

Britain has pledged 430 million pounds ($600 million) to the Global Partnership for Education. But Johnson is facing criticism for slashing the U.K.’s international development budget from 0.7% of national income to 0.5%, cutting around 4 billion pounds ($5.6 billion) from projects that help the world’s most vulnerable.

The government says the cut is temporary and is necessary because of the economic blow caused by the pandemic.

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