Police k-9 unit
Our current K-9 is the first ever in the history of the Freetown Police Department and was established in early 2017. After a long research and proposal process by Officer Thomas Long, the K-9 was approved by Police Chief Carlton Abbott, the Freetown Board of Selectmen and the Finance Committee on March 6, 2017. After being awarded a $25,000 grant from The Stanton Foundation, Officer Long was selected to be the handler and K-9 Koda, a one-year-old German Shepherd, was purchased from Northeast K-9 Unlimited in Raynham, Massachusetts. Officer Long and K-9 Koda began training at the Boston Police Department's K-9 Academy in April, 2017.
Upon completion of the 14-week patrol school, Officer Long and K-9 Koda began patrolling the Town of Freetown with the ability to quickly track and locate missing persons, locate articles and evidence and apprehend criminals. In April, 2018, Officer Long and K-9 Koda will return to the Boston Police Department K-9 Academy to begin certification in narcotic detection.
Without receiving funding from the Town Administration, the K-9 Unit is run soley on grants, donations and fundraising. In order to attain, maintain and continue providing a high standard of service to the Town of Freetown, the K-9 Unit requires continued funds for such items as:
- Medical and dental care for the dog (as well as contingent emergency vet funds);
- Purchase of health care supplements (joint and hip support, dental chews, fur and coat supplements, etc.);
- Purchase and replacement of, related training aids and equipment (bite sleeves, scent detection, toys and rewards, etc.);
- Purchase and replacement of, related working equipment (harnesses, leads, leashes, collars, etc.);
- Purhase of safety equipment for the dog and handler (ballastic vest, reflective harnesses, etc.).
Despite the need for continued funding, at this time, the Board of Selectmen have not approved the establishment of a fundrasing/donations account for the K-9 Unit. When that account has been established, the K-9 Unit will be accepting gracious donations that can be sent to the following addresses:
Freetown Police K-9 Fund
P.O. Box 61
E. Freetown, MA 02717
or, dropped off at the Freetown Police Station:
225 Chace Road
E. Freetown, MA 02717
ATTN: F.P.D. K-9 Fund