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February 8, 2022 - 4:17pm
posted by Press Release in K-9, K-9 Batu, Batavia PD, batavia, St. Joe's, news.


Press release:

On Feb 3, the Batavia Police Department K-9 Batu and handler Officer Stephen Quider received a donation from St. Joe's 6th-grade class in the amount of $181.

The funds were raised by the class to assist the City's K-9 Program with items such as food and veterinary bills for K-9 Batu.

K-9 Batu and Officer Quider are trained to assist the patrol officers with the tracking of individuals, locating items such as stolen property or items hidden by suspects, as well as handler defense when needed.

"K-9 Batu has quickly become an asset to the community and the support is greatly appreciated." stated Chief Shawn Heubusch, "Our program would not be possible without the support of the amazing members of our community that has stepped up to help out. I want to personally thank all the staff and students at St. Joe's for their kind donation."

If you are interested in donating to the City of Batavia Police K-9 fund please contact the Department at 585-345-6356 or email [email protected] to learn how.


March 17, 2021 - 3:07pm
posted by Press Release in Batavia Downs, batavia, Batavia PD, news, K-9 Batu.


Press release:

On March 17th, a ceremony was held in the lobby at Batavia Downs Gaming as they donated $1,463.14 to the Batavia Police Department’s K-9 Unit.  The money was left at Batavia Downs and was turned into the police. When the money went unclaimed, Batavia Downs decided to donate that money to the Police Department’s K-9 Unit.

The money will be used to help fund the program, headed up by Officer Quider and K-9 Batu.

“We’re happy to help contribute to the K-9 Unit,” said Henry Wojtaszek, president and CEO of Batavia Downs. “It’s important for our local police department to have the resources they need to keep our community safe.”

“Public support and donations play a key role in the continuance of this worthwhile program," said Batavia Police Chief Shawn Heubusch. “These funds will be used to offset the cost of food, veterinary services, training, equipment and other K-9-related expenses.”

Photos by Howard Owens.


March 2, 2021 - 6:39pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in K-9 Batu, Batavia PD, batavia, news, notify.


         Dejon Smith

After a passenger in a vehicle stopped by a Batavia police officer bolted from the car at 6:01 p.m., Feb. 25, K9 Batu was pressed into service helping with his first apprehension of a fleeing subject.

Handler Stephen Quider and Batu started patrol duties together earlier this year. 

Taken into custody was Dejon. J. Smith, 21, of Rochester. He was apprehended after a brief foot pursuit. Batu reportedly located Smith behind a residence on Ellicott Street.

Crack cocaine and marijuana were recovered at the scene of the traffic stop and police report finding additional crack cocaine inside the storage shed.

Also taken into custody was Germayne D. Session, 27, of Rochester.

Smith is charged with: criminal possession of a controlled substance with intent to sell; criminal possession of a controlled substance, 4th; burglary, 3rd; unlawful possession of marijuana, 2nd; tampering with physical evidence; resisting arrest; and obstruction of governmental administration. 

Session was charged with driving a vehicle with a revoked or suspended registration, unlicensed operation, unlawful possession of marijuana, 2nd.

Smith was turned over to Irondequoit Police Department on an unrelated warrant and Session was released on an appearance ticket.

January 28, 2021 - 12:38pm

Submitted photos and press release:

Chief Shawn Heubusch is pleased to announce that Officer Stephen Quider and K-9 Batu have graduated their basic K-9 training in Monroe County.

K-9 Batu and Officer Quider are trained in tracking, narcotics detection and general patrol operations.

We wish to thank the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office for hosting this essential training and allowing our handler and K-9 to attend free of charge.

“K-9 Batu and Officer Quider make a great team and will be an asset to the City of Batavia,” Chief Heubusch said.

 “Their specialized skills in tracking and narcotics detection will enhance the services the department already provides to the community. K-9 Batu and Officer Quider look forward to serving the residents of the City of Batavia.”

Officer Quider and K-9 Batu will be assigned to general road patrol duties and will be available for call-outs in the event there are calls for service requiring K-9 Batu’s special skill set to support investigations in the City and surrounding area.

The City was able to purchase K-9 Batu thanks to funding from the Department of Homeland Security Investigations.

The Department would like to thank the generous donors that have donated to the K-9 fund that ensures Batu has adequate health care and nutrition.

If anyone wishes to donate please contact Officer Quider at (585) 345-6350 to obtain information on how to become a Batavia Police K-9 supporter.

The Department looks forward to engaging with the community and having Batu visit our local businesses and schools once COVID-19 regulations allow for more social interactions.

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