The Belchertown Police K9 Unit was started in 2008. K9 Falco was purchased with funds that were donated by businesses and residents of the community. The K9 Unit costs are still offset by donations. K9 Falco is North American Police Work Dog Association Accredited. K9 Falco is trained in a variety of searches from illegal narcotics to missing persons. During his career, K9 Falco has had numerous successful searches which have revealed hidden stashes of narcotics and assisted in locating lost individuals. The K-9 Unit is on call 24 hours a day, seven days a week. During the regularly scheduled work hours of the team, they cover all jurisdictional mileage of the town.
- Track and find wanted criminals or missing persons in urban, rural, or rugged wooded areas;
- Search all types of buildings for criminals in hiding;
- Search for evidence or property connected with a crime;
- Search for illegal drugs that have been hidden;
- Chase and apprehend criminals escaping arrest, who may be armed and dangerous;
- Act as a deterrent and back up in dangerous situations such as fights, riots, and disturbances;
- Upon request from the School Superintendent, search school grounds and property;
- Provide high profile foot patrols of places that may be considered sensitive since the terror attacks of 9/11;
The K-9 Unit is also available to assist other police departments in other jurisdictions when needed.
K9 Falco is available for public or group demonstrations of his skills, and would be glad to attend school, Boy/Girl Scout functions or other similar events. Lastly, the K9 program relies on the generous donations of those who recognize the important role that a K9 serves. Donations are always greatly appreciated! Please contact Ofc.Adam Brougham for information.