May's feaTured k9 team
May's featured K9 team is Trooper Joe Duca and K9 Buck from the Vermont State Police, Rutland Barracks. Trooper Duca has been a trooper since 2007 and in 2013 he and his partner, K9 Buck, became certified in drug detection and police canine patrol. K9 Buck is a 4.5 year old Belgian Malinois. The team is credited with winning "Top Police Team" two times at the Green Mountain Iron Dog competitions. Trooper Duca and K9 Buck enjoy participating in K9 demonstrations to show the many skills that K9 Buck has learned. Some of the photos included show K9 Buck demonstrating his skills at his favorite store, Home Depot. K9 Buck also loves children, so he is frequently found attending various school events and teaching children what he does for work.
April's FeaTured K9 team
We are going to start featuring a K9 team each month.
Our first feature is Cpl. Dave Dewey and his partner K9 Tazor.
Cpl. Dewey and Tazor work for Colchester Police Department. Cpl. Dewey has been a police officer since 1995. He has had two K9 partners during his career, first being K9 Kilo from 1999-2006. His current partner, K9 Tazor, is going to be 11 years old in May, and has been certified in patrol and drugs. K9 Tazor began his career when he was 7 months old. Cpl. Dewey and his K9 partners are credited with winning the Iron Dog Competition twice, once for building search and once for drug searches. They are also credited with winning the tracking team of the year award as well as lifesaving awards.
Over 30 K9 teams from the region gathered for their annual meeting/training. This meeting consisted of outdoor exercises, classroom training, and annual award presentations. This meeting is a time to practice skills that are needed to the K9 teams, such as tracking, apprehending, and searching. The classroom portion included important legal updates, and the awards presentation is an opportunity to showcase outstanding work done by K9 teams throughout the previous year.