4 K9 teams to graduate in first ever firearm detection K9 training class

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MERIDEN, Conn. (WTNH) — A special occasion for some of the state’s newest 4-legged officers!

Four K9 teams specially trained to detect the presence of firearms will graduate on Friday as part of the very first firearm detection K9 training class.

The K9 teams graduating Friday have trained for six weeks. Their training program, developed by the Connecticut State Police, is the first of its kind in New England.

Friday’s ceremony will take place at 10 a.m. at the Connecticut State Police K-9 training facility on Colony Street in Meriden.

Graduating K9 Teams are:

  • CSP Bureau of Criminal Investigations-Organized Crime Task Force: Detective Peter Maronde & K9 Darlene
  • Hartford Police Department Violent Crime Unit: Detective Mark Roskowski & K9 Vanguard
  • Meriden Police Department Neighborhood Initiative: Officer James Decrisantis & K9 Mika
  • CSP Special Licensing & Firearms Unit: Trooper First Class Joe Narcisse & K9 Rocky

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