The Orange Police Department is adding 2 new Police K-9s to the force. “Major” and his handler Officer Chris Brown graduated from the State Police K-9 Academy on Thursday night June 5th, 2014.
Major is a German Shepherd that has been trained as a patrol K-9. Both Major and Ofc. Brown completed 15 weeks of intensive training in tracking, evidence recovery and apprehension.
The purebred Shepherd was purchased from Connecticut K-9 Services of Bethany, the same Kennel who supplied the recently retired “Max”. The Department has been awarded an American Kennel Club grant to help defray the costs. The grant matches national American Kennel Club funds with local American Kennel Club affiliated local clubs donations up to $10,000.00.
Chief Robert Gagne said, ” The Department is extremely grateful to the AKC for their generous donation.”
Officer Brown will primarily be assigned to the evening shift.
Next Thursday, June 12, K-9 “Trent” and his handler Officer Mary Bernegger
will graduate from the State Police K-9 Academy.
Trent, a purebred Labrador, is a narcotics detection K-9, a first for the Department.
He was trained to detect numerous illegal drugs including Marijuana, Heroin, Ecstasy, Opiates, Bath Salts and more. The training program lasted 12 weeks.
Trent was purchased through Guiding Eyes in New York through a Connecticut State Police Program that takes dogs not suited for guide work and sends them to police departments as bomb, arson and narcotic dogs.
Trent was funded through asset forfeiture monies the Department had received through past narcotic investigations.
“The Department’s efforts to protect and serve the community will be greatly enhanced by the continuation and enhancement of the K-9 program,” Chief Gagne said.