The West Haven Police Department is extremely proud of
it's K9 Unit.
The West Haven Police Department's
K-9 Unit was started in 1986 with one K-9 team assigned to
Patrol Division. The K-9 Unit was
eventually expanded to three K-9 teams. Each K-9 team is
scheduled to work a particular shift. The K-9 teams are a great asset to
the West Haven Police
Department, surrounding towns and the public in general. Besides performing
normal police duties,
the K-9 teams have performed many demonstrations for the children and adults of
the City of West Haven.
Members of the West Haven Police
Department K-9 Unit must pass a 14 week training school at the
Connecticut State Police Department K-9 Academy in Meriden, CT. The K-9 dogs are
trained in tracking
of criminals, as well as locating missing persons. They are also trained in the
recovery of evidence, the
searching of buildings, and the protection of their handler. Advanced
training can include narcotic
detection and bomb detection.
Officer Vincent Costanzo who
along with his K-9 partner Sarge were the first K-9 team for the West Haven
Police Department. K-9 Sarge was a member of the unit for 10 years before
retiring. Officer Costanzo
continued with his second K-9 partner Sabian who retired in 1999.
The current K-9
Scott Bloom and his partner Hank.
Officer Matthew Haynes and his partner Tex.
Officer John Laychak and his partner
The K-9 teams are assigned their own vehicles
which are specially
equipped for them. The officer and his K-9 partner live together at the
officer's home and
are on call
24 hours a day.
Current Members of the WHPD K-9 Unit
Officer Scott Bloom
has been a dog
since 2003. Officer Bloom's partner is K-9 Hank (not pictured).
K9 Hank is Officer Bloom's new partner after K9 Onyx retired in 2011.
Officer Bloom and K-9 Onyx finished first in their
K-9 training class. Officer Bloom was chosen as
the class speaker for the commencement ceremony.
Matthew Haynes and his partner K-9 Tex are newer members of the West Haven Police Department's K9 Unit.
Officer Haynes and Tex completed their K9 training in May 2007.
John Laychak and his partner K-9 Thor are
the newest members of the West Haven Police Department's K9 Unit.
They completed their training December 2007.
Former Members of the WHPD K-9 Unit
has been a dog handler since 1992.
Detective Sires' original partner K-9 Jake retired after 9 successful
years. Detective Sires' then was partnered with K-9 Jo. K-9 Jo has
conducted numerous successful searches & tracks for the
department and was cross-trained in the detection of
narcotics. They participated in the 10th Annual State of
Connecticut Police K-9 Olympics and won two
Awards in the Criminal Apprehension and Obstacle events.
Det. Sires and K9 Joe retired in March 2008.
Pictured Left to right: K-9 Jake, K-9 Jo
and Detective Sires
||Officer Viele pictured with his partner K-9 Cezar. K-9 Cezar
retired November 7, 2006 and served the department for 6 1/2 years.
Officer Usha Carr with his partner K-9 Ranger (retired). Officer Carr
and K-9 Ranger served in the K9 unit from 1995 through 2002.
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