Police recognize locals for supporting K-9 units

Officer John Mahon and K-9 Arno, Steve McCarty From American Legion Kiltonic Post 72, Robert Desaulniers, Barbara and Steve Pintarich, Officer Steve Salerno, and K9 Lou gather at a ceremony during the July 9 Southington Board of Police Commissioners meeting.

Officer John Mahon and K-9 Arno, Steve McCarty From American Legion Kiltonic Post 72, Robert Desaulniers, Barbara and Steve Pintarich, Officer Steve Salerno, and K9 Lou gather at a ceremony during the July 9 Southington Board of Police Commissioners meeting.

The Southington Police Department (SPD) recognized a handful of local residents and one local organization at the July 9 Southington Board of Police Commissioners meeting for their dedication to the department’s K-9 program.

Over the past 14 years, the SPD K-9 program has been able to add an addition K-9 unit with a dog and a handler as a result of donations, totaling thousands of dollars, from several local citizens. The donations have allowed the program to provide a broad range of necessities ranging from medical supplies, training equipment and ballistic vests.

Robert Desaulniers, Stephen and Barbara Pintarich, and the Southington American Legion Kiltonic Post 72 were each recognized for their monetary and equipment donations for the program. Eleanor Davey was also recognized, but she was unable to attend the meeting.

Each honoree was presented a Board of Police Commissioners Official Proclamation by Chief Jack Daly on behalf of the commission.

“The generous donations have allowed the program to flourish and maintain its excellence,” police said through the proclamation. “Where it not for the support of our Southington residents and businesses it would be difficult to maintain the highest degree of excellence in our K-9 program.”

Over the past 14 years, the unit has assisted in locating lost children and disabled adults, and the units have tracked and apprehended numerous criminals. The K-9s have also sniffed drugs and have assisted neighboring towns.

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Robert Desaulniers receives his award from Chief Jack Daly.

Robert Desaulniers receives his award from Chief Jack Daly.

Chief Jack Daly presents Steve McCarty with an award on behalf of American Legion Kiltonic Post 72.

Chief Jack Daly presents Steve McCarty with an award on behalf of American Legion Kiltonic Post 72.

Steve and Barbara Pintarich receive their proclamation from Chief Jack Daly.

Steve and Barbara Pintarich receive their proclamation from Chief Jack Daly.

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