Lynnfield Police are likely to have a new K9 unit in the
coming months with help from a recent grant.
Appearing at this week’s selectmen’s meeting, Lynnfield Police Chief David Breen reported that the Stanton Foundation provides $25,000 grants for Massachusetts municipalities to spend on police dogs.
Breen estimated that there would be no cost to taxpayers for
at least four years, and possibly as long as six years, depending on ongoing
efforts to line up some other donations to offset the costs. For example, he
noted that one local business has already agreed to provide free veterinary
care for the dog.
Breen noted that there have been certain times in the recent past when Lynnfield Police could have used a dog, noting that along with searching for narcotics, they can be extremely helpful in everything from finding evidence to tracking suspects in vehicle break-ins to keeping situations such as a bar fight from escalating.
The selectmen unanimously voted to accept the proposal. Breen indicated that at this point, there is no officer specifically lined up to handle the K9 unit. The dog would reportedly live at the home of its handler, would undergo up to 16 weeks of training, and its overall service career would be expected to last about eight years.