Nine police canine teams to graduate from criminal justice academy

Posted June 12, 2014, at 11:33 a.m.

VASSALBORO, Maine — Nine police canine teams will graduate from the Maine Criminal Justice Academy on Friday morning, according to state police.

State police spokesman Stephen McCausland said the ceremony will commence at 10 a.m.

The officers and the dogs have spent the last 14 weeks at the State Police Canine School training in a variety of conditions, McCausland said.

Three of the dog teams are from state police, according to McCausland. Trooper Justin Cooley out of Troop A will partner with Bruin, Trooper Jonathan Russell out of Troop B will pair with Gus while Trooper Jarod Sylvia of Troop F will patrol with Merry.

Three other representatives came from the Maine Department of Corrections: Cpl. Robert Bowen and Kane and Cpl. Richard Greene and TJ, both out of Warren, and Cpl. Troy Hood and Gunner out of Charleston.

Rounding out the officers were South Portland police Officer Shane Stephenson and Zak; Lisbon police Officer Jason St. Pierre and Moxie; and Presque Isle police Officer Kevin Reed and Koda