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Police Department Chooses Handler for K-9 Program

Officer Greg Matakaetis will be the handler of the department's new police dog expected to arrive in Clinton mid-May of this year.

 

Clinton's renewed K-9 program is off and running. Officer Greg Matakaetis has been chosen to become the dog's handler (K-9 term) and more. The dog, whose name will be Ace, will spend all day on the job with him and all night, weekends and holidays with the officer, living with him at his home.

Matakaetis recently became a lifetime member of the Connecticut Police Working Dog Association. He joined the Clinton Police Department in January of 2010.

To read more about the department's new .

"Ace" was born and will be trained at Shallow Creek Kennels in Pennsylvania.  He (or she) will be named

Other organizations that have given to the K-9 program include:

  • Waterford Police Department has offered to supply the bullet proof vest for the canine.
  • Clinton Lions Club donated to the program
  • Matakaetis’ high school has donated

The department is looking into grants from the Department of Transportation for money to outfit the K-9 vehicle.

Soon, Matakaetis will attend two dog handling classes with the Waterford Police Department. He will then head to Shallow Creek Kennels and meet his dog. Training is for six weeks starting in April. 

He and Ace will head back to Clinton in mid-May.

Huskyfan January 21, 2013 at 11:51 PM
what is the reason for having a K-9 in Clinton... let alone the shoreline? Who's going to pay for the dogs food & vet bills? Not to mention an extra officer on the payroll and gettting a K-9 outfitted vehicle. I don't see the need for a drug sniffing dog when most drug cases are for marijuana which has been decriminalized and will probably be legalized in years to come.... the return on investment is not there. All I see is people having there rights viloated by unauthorized searches and causing more headaches than good.
Fay Abrahamsson January 22, 2013 at 11:50 AM
Huskyfan: Here's a previous article that highlights some of the Clinton police chief's reasons for wanting to reinstate the program. Money to run the K-9 program (dog, supplies, food, vet services, etc.) has all been donated. The police dept. has not come to the Board of Selectmen (thus the town) for any money for the K-9. http://patch.com/A-xTdg
VIN CIMINO January 22, 2013 at 05:11 PM
Congratulations to Officer Matakaetis. Clinton PD was fortunate to have several outstanding officers interested in becoming the dog handler. In the end, Greg Matakaetis was an excellent choice. It's remarkable how quickly Major John Carbone was able to assemble the K-9 program and the necessary funding through generous donations. The K-9 program will be a great asset to a fine department.

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