Graduation day for state police canine unit

A Connecticut State Police Canine Unit (Photo: Flickr/Rivarix)

Meriden, Conn. (WTNH)-This will be a milestone day for the Connecticut State police department’s Canine Training Unit. It’s graduation day for eight canine teams after a rigorous fourteen weeks of training. Four of the teams will join the state police force.

Two others will join the Bridgeport police department and the other two teams will join the West Haven police department and the Department of Corrections respectively. The dogs are all German Shepherds.

The canine teams are critical to law enforcement in areas like evidence recovery, the search of buildings and tracking down suspects. Governor Dannel Malloy is expected to attend this morning’s graduation ceremony at the Connecticut State Police Academy in Meriden this morning.

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