Grant will fund second NMPD canine
Published 5:57 pm, Wednesday, May 23, 2012
A $6,500 gift from a foundation with local roots is enabling the New Milford Police Department to add a second canine.
The dog will be utilized by police Chief Shawn Boyne to assist the patrol unit and detective bureau.
The new dog, a specially trained German shepherd from eastern Europe, will be assigned to Officer Mark Williams. The selection of the dog was scheduled last week. A name had not yet been chosen.
In November, Officer Michael LaFond started patrolling with a 2 1/2-year-old, nearly all-black German shepherd, Kira, from the Czech Republic, a multipurpose dog able to do everything from search for lost children, hunt down suspects or sniff out drug stashes.
Chief Boyne said when he came on the job in October 2010 he would like to have a two-person canine team in the department.
The cost is steep at about $6,500 for each dog.
The chief hoped to be able to use asset forfeiture money to purchase the two dogs, but there wasn't adequate funding for both.
Before November, the last canine patrol partnership between now-Sgt. Brian Glasser and his dog, Onyx, 12, had ended with the dog's retirement in December 2010. Onyx died in March.
The answer was a resounding yes, Lt. Scribner said.
Foundation President Robert Nicholas said his organization, which is based in Rye, N.Y., is dedicated to providing resources of benefit to local communities, particularly in this region, and this request fit their objectives.
"We're delighted to work with them to make this all happen," Mr. Nicholas said.
Lt. Scribner said the dog selected for Officer Williams would begin training here so it will be ready for patrol later in the summer or early fall.
Like Kira, Lt. Scribner said, the new dog would be a multipurpose canine.
"This is just another initiative meant to provide better service to the community," Chief Boyne said.