Colchester Police Department’s K-9 Unit Visits PPS

Tazor (photo courtesy of Officer David Dewey)

Students at Porters Point School learned about treating animals with kindness on April 27 with the help of a very special member of the Colchester Police Department.

Officer Dewey talks with PPS students about Tazor

Tazor, a five-year-old German shepard with the Colchester Police Department K-9 Team, made a special appearance, along with Officer David Dewey. Together, Officer Dewey and Tazor taught the students about the ways in which Tazor helps the police department and the community—and Tazor demonstrated some of his talents.

Tazor demonstrates his training for students at PPS

Officer Dewey showed the students a copy of K-9 Police Dogs, a book by Mari C. Schuh on which he consulted, featuring a picture of Tazor. Officer Dewey also showcased some of the commands in which Tazor is trained for their work in the field.

Officer Dave Dewey with Tazor

Officer Dewey and Tazor plan to visit students at Colchester Middle School in the near future, as well.

Tazor began his training in January 2007 and was certified later that summer; he has been working as part of a K-9 unit since that time. He lives with Officer Dewey and his family.

In addition to offering a host of public demonstrations for camps, schools, scout groups, public events, and the like, K-9 units from around the state often collaborate in their work. They are responsible for thousands of dollars’ worth of seized assets (i.e., cash and vehicles) and drugs and are credited with numerous lifesaving incidents. They have also successfully tracked many fleeing suspects, thereby contributing to the safety of their communities. Tazor and his fellow K-9 unit members work very hard and love what they do.

Tazor in his cruiser (photo courtesy of Officer David Dewey)

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