The Ashland Police Department reestablished the department’s K-9 program and acquired a 2-year old German Shepherd named Dax.
K-9 Dax and his handler, Officer Chris Alberini, began training this week with Ken Balinger of the Barnstable County Sheriff’s Department. The team will become trained and certified in drug detection, tracking for missing/lost people and children, suspects in crimes, as well as building searches and handler protection.
Funding for the Program
K-9 Dax, whose price tag was nearly $7,000, was graciously donated to the Town of Ashland by the Ashland Police Association, who understands and appreciates the importance of having such a highly specialized resource at the department’s disposal. K-9 Dax was purchased from Connecticut Canine Services, in Bethany, CT.
The revitalization of the K-9 program was done so with no additional burden of funding to the Ashland citizens. All costs associated with the program have been donated by various sources including the Union and members of the department and the community. Ashland Animal Hospital has offered to provide veterinarian services at no cost.
Over the years, the Ashland Police Department has run successful K-9 programs, most recently utilizing K-9 Kato. Under the department’s former leadership, K-9 Kato was transferred to the Rhode Island State Police after his handler left the Police Department in 2005. K-9 Kato still enjoys a very successful career there today.