AMHERST – The Amherst Police Department has a new recruit – one of the four-legged kind.
Police are bringing in a second dog to the department – a new German Shepard named Marvin. He will work with officer Matthew Frydryk, who has been with the department since 2008.
Two years ago, the department brought in Dash. He works with Officer Thomas Clark.
The department was able to add Marvin because of a $25,000 grant from the Stanton Foundation, according to a press release.
Dash too was able to come to the department because of a grant.
Frydryk traveled to Pennsylvania last month to meet with the canine service dog importer to select the department’s newest police dog. Marvin is a 16-month-old male German Shepherd who was imported from Hungary.
When he was brought on, Dash was a 17-month-old German Shepherd imported from the Netherlands.
Frydryk and Marvin are attending training sessions for narcotic detection and patrol operations. Upon the completion of this initial training, Frydryk and his K9 will assume regular patrol duties, according to a press release.
Those duties include the apprehension of criminals, tracking and locating missing people, building searches, evidence and narcotics detection, and promoting favorable public relations, according to the department.
The grant money pays costs including purchasing the dog, training, kennel facilities at the officer’s home, retrofitting a cruiser for the exclusive use of the K9 unit and food and veterinary care for the first three years, according to the website.