Wednesday, April 16, 2014 09:07am
North Adams, MA now: 27 °   
Send news, tips, press releases and questions to info@iBerkshires.com
The Berkshires online guide to events, news and Berkshire County community information.
SIGN IN | REGISTER NOW   

 
TOP STORIES AROUND THE COUNTY

Dalton Police Gets Grant to Add K-9 Unit

By Dan Gigliotti
iBerkshires Correspondent
04:35PM / Wednesday, December 11, 2013
Print | Email
Important
5
Interesting
0
Funny
0
Awesome
0
Infuriating
0
Ridiculous
0
The Dalton Police Department was awarded a grant to add a K-9 unit to the force.

DALTON, Mass. — The Police Department has sniffed out additional funding for the establishment of a K-9 unit.

The department was granted a total of $26,000 to the support the creation and early maintenance of a trained dog and K-9 officer.

"It's something that we're excited and gearing up for," Police Chief Jeffrey Coe said, following the formal acceptance of funds by the Select Board on Monday.

The Stanton Foundation — a program supporting human/dog relationships — granted the Police Department $25,000 for initial acquisition, training and maintenance costs for the onset of the new K-9 unit. Total startup costs are estimated at $17,700 per dog, including conversion of a cruiser for K-9 use, construction of an outdoor kennel and dog food, according to information about the grant.

A portion of those costs will be freed up from the donation of a bullet and stab-proof vest for protection of the K-9 by a Massachusetts-based, non-profit called Vested Interest in K-9 Inc., valued at $1,000.

According to Coe, the force expects to acquire a dog by April and complete its certification by the fall. The town will seek the help of Dwayne Foisy, a captain with the Berkshire County sheriff's office and nationally recognized instructor, to train a K-9 officer.

The canine is expected to include guarantees for one-year of health and its ability to successfully complete a K-9 training, including initially a 14-week handler course.

Lee received a Stanton grant earlier this year and added Kumar, a German shepherd, to the force this fall. In addition to the sheriff's office, North Adams, Williamstown, Lanesborough and Pittsfield have K-9 units.


Tags: K-9,   police,   

0Comments



View All
Softball: Lee vs Hoosac
4-14-14 Kassandra Kazimierczak went 2-for-4 with a double...
Baseball: MG vs Hoosac
4-11-14 Dan Flynn's suicide squeeze with the bases loaded...
Softball: MG vs McCann
4-11-14 Mount Greylock and McCann Tech played an atypical...
Sullivan School CPR Class
Seventh-graders at Sullivan School in North Adams learned...
Lacrosse: Mounties vs. Hoosac
Mounties overwhelmed Hoosac Valley on Wednesday 14-1....
North Adams Furnace St. Fire
Firefighters contained a top floor apartment blaze on...
Berkshire Chamber Career Fair...
More than 50 employers connected with job seekers at...
Lacrosse: MG vs St. Joe
Mount Greylock boys lacrosse team won 17-4 St. Joseph at...
Softball: MG vs Drury
4-8-14 Mount Greylock softball claimed a 7-2 victory over...
Wahconah High School Musical...
Wahconah Regional High School is putting on the 1930...
Drury Coach Marceau Benefit
Friends and supporters filled the Eagles Hall on Friday...
Lenox High International Fair
Lenox Memorial Middle and High School students got to...
Slice of Life Pizza 2014
Moments House's annual Slice of Life fundraiser that pits...
North Adams Hospital Closes
Union members and supporters of North Adams Regional...
2014 Berkshire Awards
The Berkshire Awards ceremony was held on Friday night at...
Chamber Night At Moments...
The Berkshire Chamber of Commerce visited the new Moments...
Softball: Lee vs Hoosac
4-14-14 Kassandra Kazimierczak went 2-for-4 with a double...
Baseball: MG vs Hoosac
4-11-14 Dan Flynn's suicide squeeze with the bases loaded...
Softball: MG vs McCann
4-11-14 Mount Greylock and McCann Tech played an atypical...
Sullivan School CPR Class
Seventh-graders at Sullivan School in North Adams learned...
Lacrosse: Mounties vs. Hoosac
Mounties overwhelmed Hoosac Valley on Wednesday 14-1....
| Home | A & E | Business | Community News | Dining | Real Estate | Schools | Sports & Outdoors | Berkshires Weather | Weddings |
Advertise | Recommend This Page | Help Contact Us | Privacy Policy| User Agreement
iBerkshires.com is owned and operated by: Boxcar Media 102 Main Street, North Adams, MA 01247 -- T. 413-663-3384 F.413-664-4251
© 2012 Boxcar Media LLC - All rights reserved