despp: State Police Canine Memorial Unveiled at Headquarters in Middletown

{Connecticut State Police Patch}  
Department of Emergency Services &
Public Protection
Connecticut State Police
Public Information Office
1111 Country Club Road
Middletown, Connecticut 06457
Dr. Dora B. Schriro
Colonel Brian F. Meraviglia
Deputy Commissioner
Division of State Police
August 27, 2014




   For eighty years, dogs have been a vital part of the Connecticut State Police team by finding criminals, detecting explosives and locating cadavers.  Now these canines have their own memorial at State Police headquarters in Middletown.


   State officials today unveiled a memorial to those dogs who have faithfully served Connecticut during the past eight decades.  Helping to display the new memorial were Lt. Governor Nancy Wyman and Dr. Dora B. Schriro, Commissioner of the Department of Emergency Services and Public Protection, of which the Connecticut State Police is a division. State Police Commanders, Colonel Brian Meraviglia and Lt. Colonel Warren Hyatt were also on hand for the unveiling.


   “We are proud of the service that our canine teams provide to the people of Connecticut. For eighty years, these teams have set the standard for law enforcement and made a tremendous difference in our crime-fighting abilities,” said Commissioner Schriro.


   The Connecticut State Police Canine program has been a leader in building law enforcement teams since 1934.  State Troopers assigned to the Canine Unit train fellow State Troopers in addition to local officers, correction officers and out of state officers.  Canine teams from other countries such as Greece, Cyprus and Egypt have trained in the state and the U.S. State Department and Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms modeled their own canine program on explosives after the one created by the CT State Police.  The State Police trains all dogs as a courtesy to other agencies and does not charge a fee.


   “The canines who assist Troopers every day are true heroes.  They train hard and they work hard. They are loyal and committed to their handlers,” noted Sergeant James Kodzis, commander of the Canine Unit.


   The State Police trains four types of dogs:

  •    Patrol Dogs – multipurpose dogs used to conduct tracks for criminals or missing persons, handler/officer protection, apprehend criminals during building & area searches, evidence recovery.
  •    Bloodhounds – tracking dogs used if patrol dogs are unsuccessful
  •    Search and Rescue Dogs – locate alive or recover deceased humans. They are used when a scent trail has become stale or contaminated to the point that patrol dogs and bloodhounds are unsuccessful.  These K-9s are deployed in teams to cover large areas and, unlike tracking dogs, are looking for any human scent within the search area.


   The State Police employs dogs that can detect narcotics, accelerants, explosives and, in the newest development, canines trained as the world’s first “Electronic Storage Device Detector Dog.”


   The public is welcome to view the State Police canine memorial outside the front entrance to State Police headquarters, 1111 Country Club Road, Middletown.



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