(Middletown CT – December 21, 2023) – The Connecticut State Police proudly announces the graduation of the most advanced patrol canine teams, who are now ready to serve and protect our communities with unwavering dedication and skill. This highly anticipated graduation marks an important milestone in enhancing public safety in the State of Connecticut.
The Connecticut State Police 241st Patrol K9 Class graduates completed an intensive and rigorous 15-week training program in their pursuit of excellence. The ten (10) graduating canine teams have successfully completed an extensive curriculum that encompasses a wide range of skills including locating missing family members, locating critical evidence during investigations, crucial support to law enforcement officers, and community engagement. As we welcome these exceptional canine teams into active service, we extend our heartfelt appreciation to the trainers, handlers, and all those involved in their support and training.
Special thanks to Commissioner Ronald P. Welch and the state Department of Veterans Affairs for use of the VA facility in Rocky Hill for today’s graduation ceremony.
The graduating canine teams are:
Trooper Julia Bickford K9 Hall Troop F, Westbrook Trooper Alyssa Stephens K9 Mohl Troop I, Bethany
Officer Joseph Albani K9 Cobra Bridgeport Police Dept.
Officer Patrick Tuths K9 Bronco Bridgeport Police Dept. Officer Matthew Alexander K9 Duke Enfield Police Dept.
Officer Sean Owens K9 Rip Milford Police Dept.
Officer Daniel Witts K9 Sig Montville Police Dept.
Officer David Curtain K9 Drago Torrington Police Dept.
Officer Stephen Rimkus K9 Foley Waterbury Police Dept.
CO Joseph Garriga K9 Ozzy Dept of Correction