New Haven Police get new police dog

Gunny (Photo Courtesy: New Haven Police Department)

NEW HAVEN, Conn. (WTNH) – The New Haven Police Department has a brand new crime fighter.

“Gunny” the three year old, 98 pound German Shepherd joined the force this week. Gunny was purchased with a Justice Department Assistance Grant, and $2,500 from the National Police Dog Foundation.

Gunny is the sixth police dog on the New Haven force. Like the other K-9s in the department, Gunny is trained in tracking missing people and suspects, suspect apprehension, evidence identification and recovery, and searching property and cars as part of drug enforcement.

Related Content: Police “K-9” teams graduate from State Police training unit

Gunny will be teamed with Patrol Officer Sean Sullivan, a nine-year veteran of the New Haven Police Department. This is Officer Sullivan’s first assignment as a K-9 handler.

Sullivan and Gunny trained together for ten weeks – the standard time to become acclimated and proficient for both officers and their four-legged partners.

Officer Sullivan said he’s eager to work with his new partner. “When we first met, I remember thinking, Wow! He’s a big dog”, said Sullivan. “After a great deal of training, I’m confident in his abilities. After bonding for some time, it became clear to me, he’ll be an asset to the city and the Police Department”, he said.

Sullivan and Gunny are currently assigned to the evening shift in New Haven’s Fair Haven neighborhood. Although they are a specialized team, they will be called upon city-wide.

WTNH NEWS8 provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review. Also, you can now block any inappropriate user by simple selecting the drop down menu on the right of any comment and selection "Block User" from there.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s