K-9 Division

The Dracut Police K-9 unit is made up of Officer (Ofc.) Coleman and K-9 Viper. Ofc. Coleman has proudly served with the Dracut Police Department since 2010 and is a United States Coast Guard Veteran. K-9 Viper is a Dutch Shepard that joined the Dracut Police Department in 2013. Ofc. Coleman and K-9 Viper completed a 14 week Patrol academy in 2013 followed by a 9 week Narcotics Detection academy in 2014 with the Boston Police Canine Academy.

The K-9 Unit role includes:

  • Tracking and Searching for lost and/or missing individualsOfficer Coleman with K-9 Viper Opens in new window
  • Tracking and Apprehension of criminal suspects
  • Building Searches
  • Evidence Search and Recovery
  • Drug/Narcotics Detection and Recovery
  • Vehicle Searches
  • Officer Protection
  • Community Relations

K9 Viper is trained to detect six different narcotics. Ofc. Coleman and K-9 Viper are assigned to the Patrol Division and assist Patrol and the Detective Bureau in locating missing people, suspects, and narcotics. Ofc. Coleman and K-9 Viper, are also members of N.E.M.L.E.C. and assist 65 towns and cities throughout Middlesex County.

Ofc. Coleman also assists N.E.M.L.E.C. SWAT with operations that include search warrants and high risk warrants. K-9 Viper participates in numerous K-9 demonstrations in Town to include the Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, Dracut Public Schools, the annual Dracut Old Home Day Fair and also Dracut Police Public Safety Night. K-9 Viper enjoys his off hours relaxing with Ofc. Coleman and his family at Ofc. Coleman’s residence. K-9 Viper’s favorite toys are his ball and tug which is used during training and free time.