TOLLAND, CT — Two police dogs from the state police Troop C barracks are receiving protective vests.
The dogs are getting the vests through a national non-profit organization. Vested Interest in K9s Inc. is a charitable organization located in East Taunton, MA., whose mission is to provide protective vests and other assistance to dogs of law enforcement and related agencies throughout the
Canine Ugo has been assigned to Trooper Pieter Groot since 2014 and the team is currently working at Troop C in Tolland. Ugo is a 4-year-old German Shepherd and trained in all aspects of handler protection, evidence recovery, building searches and tracking. Additionally, Ugo completed the Connecticut State Police Human Remains Detection course wilderness/disaster/crime scene) and has been a member of the Search and Rescue Team since September 2014. K-9 Ugo is trained in all aspects of cadaver/blood/bone detection and live find search techniques.
Police dog Rocky’s vest was donated to State Police by Bozzuto’s (Hometown Foundation) and assigned to Trooper First Class Ryan Cloukey at Troop C in Tolland. K9 Rocky is a 3½ -year-old Shepherd who graduated with the 173rd Patrol Dog Class on May 28, 2015. He is NESPAC-certified in all aspects of patrol including tracking, evidence recovery, handler protection, criminal apprehension and obedience. Rocky is also assigned to support State Police Tactical Unit operations.
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