Berkeley College Protects White Plains Police K-9 Unit


Contact:  Ilene Greenfield
Director of Media Relations
201-291-1111, ext. 1-5122



The Berkeley College community in downtown White Plains received special visitors today from the White Plains Police Department K-9 Unit. Canines Justice and Storm and their handlers were not only grateful for their new canine bulletproof vests donated by Berkeley College – they were the reason behind recent law enforcement accomplishments, according to Police Department officials.

The Canine Unit, which was implemented in July, has proven to be an asset to both the community and the Police Department. The two dog-and-handler teams have worked in numerous incidents where stolen property was recovered and apprehensions were made. These incidents had positive outcomes directly related to the canines’ keen ability to locate and to apprehend.

Mayor Tom Roach was on hand to hear the accomplishments and commented, “Berkeley College is a great community partner to the City of White Plains.  Once again, they've showed it by stepping up to the plate to assist our Department of Public Safety.  I would like to thank Berkeley College for this important contribution.”

“Animals are our friends,” said Cynthia Rubino, Berkeley College Campus Operating Officer.  “But as working dogs in the Police Department, they serve as our protectors.  Berkeley was glad to be able to offer assistance in helping to protect them as well.”

David Chong, Commissioner of Public Safety, City of White Plains, who also instructs Berkeley College students in the field of Justice Studies and Criminal Justice, said, “This is another aspect of the work that law enforcement employs.  It is important to familiarize both the community and those we are educating and training about the full range of experiences we may encounter in the field.”

In addition to updating the community about the work of the K-9 Unit, the two teams conducted a brief demonstration of their skills at the event. 

A leader in business education for more than 80 years, Berkeley College is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education and enrolls more than 7,700 students — including over 800 international students — in its Baccalaureate and Associate degree programs. The College has four New York locations — Midtown Manhattan, Lower Manhattan in the Wall Street area, Brooklyn, and White Plains. And in New Jersey there are four locations — Woodland Park, Paramus, Woodbridge, and Newark.  Berkeley College Online also offers full degree programs.  Programs are offered in more than 20 career fields. The website address is



Photo Caption A (L to R):  David Chong, White Plains Commissioner of Public Safety; Cynthia Rubino, Berkeley College Campus Operating Officer, and Tom Roach, White Plains Mayor, update the community on the progress of the new Police Department K-9 Unit. Berkeley College donated custom-made safety vests for two canines.

Photo Caption B: Detective Kittelstad of the White Plains Police Department and his team’s Canine Officer, Justice, make a safe community appearance outside Berkeley College.  David Chong, White Plains Commissioner of Public Safety, and Tom Roach, White Plains Mayor, were on hand to report on the K-9 Unit’s accomplishments and thank Berkeley College for being a partner in helping protect the dogs as well as the community. Berkeley College donated custom-made safety vests for two canines.

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