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 individuals
- 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.