Eight new teams of canine officers have graduated from the academy, including one from Middletown

Eight new canine officers and their handlers graduated from the training academy on Thursday, according to state police.

Connecticut State Police

MIDDLETOWN — State Police announced Thursday that eight new canine officers and their handlers have graduated from the training academy, including two from the Middletown Police Department.

Troop First Class Lance Carlson and his dog, Gordon, of B Troop; Cavalier Aaron Pelletier and his dog, Roso, of Troop H; Cavalryman 1st Class Christopher Porrini and his dog, Jaris, of Troop H; Cavalier Zachary Augenstein and his dog, Zyro, of Troop K; Troop E Troop First Class Katherine Chamrin and her dog, Kasho; Hartford Police Officer Joseph Walsh and his dog, Coty; Middletown Police Officer Jeffrey Scoppetto and his dog, Lupo, and Corrections Officer Sean Kelly and his dog, Knauss, are graduates of the Connecticut State Police Training Academy’s State Police Canine Unit , officials said in an email.

“The dog teams trained for 15 weeks; all patrol dogs are German Shepherds,” officials said. “Dogs are a vital tool for law enforcement and are trained in the areas of obedience, patrolling, locating missing persons, searching buildings, apprehending criminals, recovering evidence, crowd control and protection of their masters.”

It is the 223rd class of patrol dogs in the academy’s history, officials said.



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