TEWKSBURY — The Tewksbury Police Division introduced that it’ll welcome its latest Ok-9 officer beginning Monday — a 2 1/2-year-old German shepherd named Logan.
Logan, who Chief Ryan Columbus stated was initially bred in Denmark and responds to German instructions, is TPD’s second Ok-9, after the division welcomed its first canine, Leo, two years in the past.
“It’s superb what these canines can do,” Columbus stated. “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 method, however the canine is aware of higher.”
Columbus stated that Logan graduated from the Boston Police Ok-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 little one or a lacking one who suffers from dementia, to have the ability to have this canine is an incredible asset,” Columbus stated. “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 Ok-9 tools, would be the canine’s handler, in keeping with Columbus.
“All of the credit score goes to officer Quinn,” Columbus stated. “He was very obsessed with this program and it was his dream to be a Ok-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 keeping with the inspiration’s web site. Among the many three principal areas is canine well being and welfare, which incorporates Ok-9 Unit institution grants for each first and second police canines.
Quinn stated 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 Ok-9s has all the time been a drive for me,” Quinn stated. “It’s an incredible 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 Ok-9 demonstrations, Columbus stated that he hopes to get them going once more when issues return to regular.
“Individuals simply love our canine Leo they usually’re going to like Logan as effectively,” Columbus stated. “I really like canines and I simply can’t be extra excited.”