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Michael Luster is a retired Illinois State Police Master Sergeant and is a song writer in the duo Luster & McCoy. He wrote this song, No One Knows How I Feel, and it is sung by Elizabeth McCoy. Luster & McCoy are dedicated to donating the proceeds of the individual iTunes downloads of this song to the families of fallen heroes, both military and first responders.
Introducing Officer Eric Clifford and K9 Dozer from the Hartford Police Department. Officer Clifford began his career with the Hartford Police Department in 2008, and he was certified as a full-time law enforcement officer in 2009. In 2016 the Police Department made Officer Clifford their canine handler and they obtained K9 Dozer. K9 Dozer is a 2 year old black Labrador Retriever, originally from Gettysburg, PA. Officer Clifford and K9 Dozer were certified in drug detection in February of 2016 and since that time K9 Dozer can be credited with many drug finds and locating of missing people. His largest drug find was a seizure of 1,711 bags of heroin. He also recently was able to locate a missing juvenile. K9 Dozer is a very happy and energetic dog, who is also very patriotic, check out the video of him speaking, his command to speak is "'Merica!". When he is not working, he loves to play and goof around. The team can frequently be found out and about, where they love to meet and interact with the community members around them.
Congratulations to the Basic Drug Detection Class on their graduation today!
Officer Harvey & K9 King Cobalt
Chief Cloud & K9 Dutch
Officer Hewes & K9 Kymba
Officer Tetreault & K9 Kubo
Deputy Chiaravalle & K9 Wes
Sgt. Howard & K9 Millie
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.