In February of 2008, the Naugatuck Police Department received a generous endowment from a local family-Patty and Bob Kenworthy, Kathy and Paul Lincoln, and Teresa Kopcha-for the purpose of procuring a service canine. The only stipulation was that the drug sniffing canine be named in honor of Patty and Kathy's late father, a retired Waterbury Police Sergeant, Peter Kopcha.
Canine Pete, a black Labrador, was obtained through the Guiding Eyes program for seeing-eye dogs. He and his new partner, Officer Kevin Zainc, underwent a rigorous ten week training program at the Connecticut State Police K9 Academy, where they worked as a team to become thoroughly trained in the detection of controlled substances.
Narcotic detector K9 Pete is trained to alert to the odor of the following controlled substances; marijuana, hashish, cocaine, crack, heroin, MDMA/ecstacy, methamphetamine and steroids. Upon location of one or more of these controlled substances, K9 Pete is trained to sit at the source of the odor, which advises his handler of the suspected presence of the afore mentioned substances.
Since graduating from the academy, the two have to undergo narcotics training every three months in order to maintain their certification in the field.
Patrol K9 Team
In October 2010, the Naugatuck Police Department purchased a Male German Shepherd with money seized from asset forfeiture for the purpose of developing a Patrol K9 Team.
K9 Vane, a 1 year old, male German Shepherd, breed from Czech, approximately 65 pounds is teamed up with Patrolmen Ian Kosky. As a K9 Team they attend an intense 16 week, Patrol K9 Course, at the Connecticut State Police K9 Academy, where they worked as a team to become thoroughly trained in Man Tracking/Trailing, Evidence Recovery, Building Searches, Area Searches, Crowd Control, Handler Protection, and Criminal Apprehension.
Since graduating the K9 Academy, the two undergo training once a month and are required to recertify every year to NESPAC Certification Standards.
Left: Officer Zainc and Pete, the black Lab.
Right: Officer Kosky and Vane, the German Shepherd.