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8 K9s graduate to CT State Police Canine Training Unit

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Eight dogs graduated on Thursday morning and are now official members of the Connecticut State Police Canine Training Unit. (CT State Police) Eight dogs graduated on Thursday morning and are now official members of the Connecticut State Police Canine Training Unit. (CT State Police)
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Eight dogs graduated on Thursday morning and are now official members of the Connecticut State Police Canine Training Unit. 

All eight German Shepherds completed 15 weeks of training that started in September. 

Here are the graduates of the 184th Patrol Canine class and their assignments:

  • Trooper William Veras and K9 Dexter to Connecticut State Police Troop B - North Canaan
  • Trooper First Class Michael Zmayefski and K9 Murphy to Connecticut State Police Troop E - Montville
  • Officer Joshua Trifone and K9 Tango to Connecticut Department of Corrections
  • Officer John Wilson and K9 Ardo to East Hampton Police Department
  • Officer Michael Colantuono and K9 Nova to Enfield Police Department
  • Officer Brittany Bartlett and K9 Kobe to Guilford Police Department
  • Officer Matthew Bloom and K9 Koda to Middletown Police Department
  • Officer Michael Silva and K9 Blitz to Waterbury Police Department

State police said the K9s are "vital tool for law enforcement." They are trained to do the following items: 

  • obedience
  • patrol
  • locating missing persons
  • building searches
  • apprehending criminals
  • evidence recovery
  • crowd control
  • protecting their handlers

The Connecticut State Police Canine Training Unit trains K9s for about 42 departments in the northeast. 

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