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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
February 6, 2006

CONTACT: Steve Tompkins
Emily Shortt
(617) 961-6682


SHERIFF’S DEPARTMENT K-9 UNIT VISITS ST. ANN’S SCHOOL


Dorchester – Officers from the Suffolk County Sheriff’s Department K-9 unit visited St. Ann’s School in Dorchester Thursday, February 2. Students from kindergarten up to eighth grade filled the gymnasium to watch as the officers spoke about the dangers of drug use and gave a demonstration with their four-legged partners.

Lieutenant Murphy with partner Kam, a German Sheppard, Sergeant Stack with Iko, a Belgian Malinois, and Corporals Frates and Lewis, with black Labs Kilo and Luka, first spoke about why and how students should avoid drugs, then had the dogs perform a mock drug search and catch a simulated purse snatcher. The students were then invited to try on Sheriff’s Department training equipment, including bite suits, gas masks, and helmets.

Principal Cynthia Duggan was happy to have the K-9 team at her school and that the officers talked to her students substance abuse. She requested that the Sheriff’s Department send the K-9 unit to the school to show that the dogs are trained to protect them. “I am in awe of how well these dogs are trained,” she said. “The demonstrations were wonderful. It’s good to know these dogs are out there.”


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