Two-year-old Labrador Retriever "Chase" will soon become the latest K-9 to work with the Westport (CT) Police Department.
Purchased from Guiding Eyes for the Blind, Chase will finish up his training at the police academy in mid-April and then embark on a career of narcotics detection, community service and searching for missing people alongside his partner, Officer James Baker.
Police K-9s are essential members of the law enforcement team, providing many services that humans cannot This includes pursuing and apprehending fugitives, detecting illegal substances and explosives, and searching for lost and missing children as well as Alzheimer patients.
Since police K-9s can cost thousands of dollars to purchase, train and care for, Chris Sweetwood of the Trap Falls Kennel Club has set up a Go Fund Me page to raise money for Chase's expenses. All money raised will go directly to the Westport Police Department and will be matched in part by AKC Reunite.
Since it’s creation in the mid-1980s, the Westport Police K-9 Unit has been run off donations from dog lovers in the community, including receiving generous support from Dr. Joan Poster of Poster’s Animal Hospital and Bill Mitchell of Mitchell’s of Westport. The department currently owns "Koda," a four-year-old Belgian Malinois who has worked in Westport for three years.
With his friendly demeanor, Chase has already completed two demonstrations for elementary school students in Westport as part of his training and will soon be making an even greater impact in the community.
"We encourage dog lovers in Connecticut to pitch in and keep the K-9 units healthy and strong in our state," Sweetwood said. "Please donate what you can to ensure our community has this vital resource that helps our police officers and citizens stay safe."