Several Connecticut police departments and a handful of troopers ran through drills with their new K9s at the state police training facility on the Meriden campus on Tuesday.
The rigorous course prepares them to work as teams. Together, they will work together to investigate crimes and look for drugs or suspects.
“If you don't have any obedience, you're not going to get much further on the K9's career,” Bridgeport Officer Marie Cetti said.
Among those participating in the K9 handler training was Cetti. She was training with her German Sheppard, Diesel, over the last few days.
“It's you and him. You're responsible for training home you're responsible for the upkeep of him,” Cetti said. “He responds to you he's not going to respond to someone else.”
As for her own career, Cetti would never have gotten the chance if the union contract hadn’t changed over the summer.
Before July, Bridgeport K9 assignments were based on seniority. It’s a job this four-year-vet has yearned for since day one.
Cetti isn't just taking the class, she's making history. She'll be the first woman to be a K9 officer in Bridgeport.
“I'm fortunate again for this opportunity, early in my career,” Cetti said.
Though Cetti, diesel and the other officers here have plenty to do before the K9 training is over. She said the first step, getting Diesel “to heel, to stay down, fetch, so being able to do all those things and being to understand—its repetition.”
Cetti told Eyewitness News the training will go on for the next 14 weeks.
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