Duxbury police have chosen a new canine officer and are hoping the public can help with the costs of acquiring and training a new dog.
Police Chief Matthew Clancy said in a phone interview recently that Officer Stephen Hall will be working to buy and train a new animal. The former canine, Delta, whose handler was Officer Ryan Cavicchi , retired in August.
Clancy said the dog would be used primarily for tracking, though the department may look to get a second dog in the future to focus on drug detection. He said the department has had a canine unit for more than 30 years.
Before Delta, the department had Zar to help track missing children, patients, and criminals.
Clancy said the department is seeking grants, but needs private donations as well to cover such costs as training, boarding when Hall is on vacation, and equipment.
He said the department has already raised a few hundred dollars, but aims to raise more than $15,000. He said there may be a “name the dog” contest as part of the fund-raising efforts. It costs more than $7,500 annually to fund the unit, he said.
More information is available on the department’s Twitter, Facebook page, and website, https://www.duxburypolice.org/k-9-unit.Jean Lang can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.