Please join us in welcoming another one of our newest four-legged officers, Police Canine Hodor. Canine Hodor, a 1.5 year old Dutch Shepherd, is a dual-purpose explosive detection / patrol canine.
He and his QPD handler, Officer Christian Donovan, recently graduated from the Boston Police Canine Academy.
Grant funding for the Quincy Police Department to purchase Canine Hodor came from the federal Urban Areas Security Initiative Grant (UASI) that was awarded to the Metro-Boston Homeland Security Region in the spring of 2016.
We figured we'd ask Officer Donovan a few questions, that may help everyone get to know them a little more:
Can you explain what "dual-purpose/patrol detection canine means?
It means he can detect explosive materials and firearms, while also being trained in tracking, evidence searches, suspect apprehension, and handler protection.
What did your training involve?
The Boston K9 Academy was 10 weeks of explosive detection training, followed by 14 weeks of patrol training. But his training is not over. He continues to train everyday to maintain his effectiveness.
What has he been able to accomplish so far?
We were called upon to conduct sweeps and responded to suspicious packages for this year's Boston Marathon, Sail Boston event, and the Esplanade on the 4th of July. Along with Officer McDermott and his partner, K9 Tucker, we also assisted the Mass State Police in locating a firearm used in a New Bedford homicide.
Does he wear a vest? And if so, where did he get it?
He does wear a vest. His ballistic vest was facilitated by the Massachusetts Vest-A-Dog program, through a private donation.
Please join us in welcoming K9 Hodor to the Quincy Police