TEWKSBURY — The Tewksbury Police Division introduced that it’ll welcome its latest Okay-9 officer beginning Monday — a 2 1/2-year-old German shepherd named Logan.
Logan, who Chief Ryan Columbus mentioned was initially bred in Denmark and responds to German instructions, is TPD’s second Okay-9, after the division welcomed its first canine, Leo, two years in the past.
“It’s wonderful what these canines can do,” Columbus mentioned. “Generally the canine can find yourself being smarter than the handler; I’ve seen circumstances the place the canine is pulling the handler a method and the handler is attempting to go the opposite means, however the canine is aware of higher.”
Columbus mentioned that Logan graduated from the Boston Police Okay-9 Academy this week after 14 lengthy weeks of coaching, and can primarily be deployed to trace down fleeing suspects and finding lacking individuals.
“If we get a report of a lacking youngster or a lacking one who suffers from dementia, to have the ability to have this canine is an amazing asset,” Columbus mentioned. “If this program solely locates one particular person and saves that life, then it’s value it.”
Officer Stephen Quinn, who utilized for the $28,000 Stanton Basis grant that allowed the division to buy Logan and his Okay-9 gear, would be the canine’s handler, in response to Columbus.
“All of the credit score goes to officer Quinn,” Columbus mentioned. “He was very keen about this program and it was his dream to be a Okay-9 handler.”
The Stanton Basis, established by former CBS President Frank Stanton, helps areas the place its founder was “unable to finish his charitable intentions throughout his lifetime,” in response to the muse’s web site. Among the many three essential areas is canine well being and welfare, which incorporates Okay-9 Unit institution grants for each first and second police canines.
Quinn mentioned that he started engaged on pursuing a second canine for TPD shortly after Leo first arrived, and that Columbus was extraordinarily supportive of his efforts.
“Working with the Okay-9s has all the time been a drive for me,” Quinn mentioned. “It’s a tremendous feeling. Coaching is extraordinarily difficult and has its highs and lows, however simply having it accomplished, it’s unbelievable.”
Whereas the coronavirus pandemic has prevented the division from doing public Okay-9 demonstrations, Columbus mentioned that he hopes to get them going once more when issues return to regular.
“Folks simply love our canine Leo and so they’re going to like Logan as properly,” Columbus mentioned. “I really like canines and I simply can’t be extra excited.”