Today we are here to officially announce our new K-9 Nico and his handler Officer Matthew Hazelton. Off. Hazelton and Nico have been in training for several months and are continuing ongoing training. In March of this year we embarked on a program to put a new K-9 in service as our prior K-9 was being retired. The response that we received from the Community Businesses, Residents and Service Clubs was outstanding. Within a very short period of time we received commitments that guaranteed the start up costs of a new K-9 program as well as a commitment for veterinary care and food. In addition because of the overwhelming response received we have been afforded the ability to fund several other immediate needs of the K-9 program as well. Without the generosity of everyone that donated continuing this program would not have been possible. There are no words that can express our gratitude and we offer our sincerest thank you to everyone that helped. It truly shows that our Communities care about Public safety and go above and beyond when called upon for help.
A well trained K-9 and handler are a very effective tool in assisting with patrol, building searches, tracking of missing and wanted persons as well as general and narcotic searches. Our new K-9 Nico has been used in several investigations and his services have already proved to be invaluable to the City of Dunkirk and surrounding Communities. This program will serve us for many years to come and be a very important part of our continued effort to provide the best in Public Safety for the City of Dunkirk and assist surrounding Communities as well
We want to thank the Fredonia Beaver Club, Mr. Stanley Star, Koscuiszko Club, Fourth Ward Falcon Club, Dom Polski Club, Moniuszko Club, Lake Shore Savings Bank, Graf Realty, Dunkirk Police Benevolent Association, Fredonia Police Benevolent Association, Lakeshore Street Rods, John T. Murray Post 1017, Fieldbrook Foods, Columbus Club, P&G Foods, Moose Lodge 89, Edna Sek, Tick Tock Towing, Elks Club, Dunkirk Exempt Volunteer Fireman, Dunkirk Rotary Club, Conservation Club, Cattaraugus County Bank and Tractor Supply. We also want to thank Dunkirk Animal Clinic for veterinary services and Nestle Purina for Nico’s food. Our appreciation to the City Administration for understanding the importance of the K-9 and working with us to keep this service part of our public safety program. Also thanks to City Mechanic Jason Schrantz and City Welder Ken Sek for their ongoing work on vehicle issues.
Our greatest weapon in crime prevention and providing the best in Public Safety is a positive Police/Community partnership with the Community we serve. Without your support keeping our K-9 program in service would not have been possible. On behalf of Officer Hazelton and the entire Dunkirk Police Department we say thank you.
David C. Ortolano
Chief of Police