Success is a sweet treat for the K-9 unit at the Enfield Police Department after the team picked up three awards at this weekend’s United States Police Canine Association trails.
Officer Chris Dufresne and his canine, Bruin, were training “non-stop” in the run-up to the competition, according to head of the Enfield Police K-9 Division Christopher Moylan.
“The more training you do, the better the dog will do,” Moylan told Patch in a phone interview. The pair trained together for three hours a day to build up the trust and obedience needed to make them a winning team.They beat 15 other teams in three categories. In the obedience category, Bruin had to heal and respond to Officer Dufresne’s hand commands. They also won in the criminal apprehension round, where Bruin had to chase after a running suspect, responding again to instructions. In the criminal apprehension with gunfire category, blank shots were fired to try to distract Bruin from apprehending the suspect.