Chicopee Police to add 3rd K9 to force, saying dogs help track criminals, missing persons

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The Chicopee Police Department added a second K9 team in February 2016. CHICOPEEĀ - Over the past few years the police department's K9s have found a lost 6-year-old boy, tracked down a suspect hiding in an abandoned house and sniffed out criminals trying to flee police. Citing the success the two K9 handlers and their dogs have had in fighting crime and helping people, the Police Department is starting a training program to put a third K9 team on the force, Michael Wilk, Chicopee Police public information officer, said. For years Joseph Brunelle, with his dog Pako, was the only K9 officer, but there was always a slot for a second K-9 officer which went unfilled because of a lack of manpower. In February 2016 that changed...

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