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12 K9 dogs and their handlers graduate after weeks of training

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MIDDLETOWN — Some new paws are hitting the road to keep you safe!

Friday morning, twelve K9 handlers and their dogs graduated after eight weeks of training. All of the dogs are labradors from Guiding Eyes in New York. The handlers from State Police are all assigned to the Emergency Services Unit. The troopers and their K9s will assist with sweeping venues that host significant events and also respond to bomb threats.

Congrats to all of the graduates!

  • Connecticut State Police: TFC. Brian Faughnan, TFC. Rick Oenning, TFC. Carson Konow.
  • Massachusetts State Police: Trooper Scott Cooper and Trooper Steve Sicard
  • Chelsea, Massachusetts Police: Officer Edward Noftle
  • Worcester Poly. Tech. Police: Officer Brian Lavallee
  • University of Rhode Island Police: Sgt. Erica Vieira
  • Methuen, Massachusetts Police: Officer Timothy Getchell
  • Hartford, Connecticut Police: Officer Anthony Rykowski
  • Mohegan Tribal Police: Officer Joseph Morelli and Officer Armand Sylvestre