New Springfield Police dog cruiser honors late officer’s grandfather

SPRINGFIELD, Mass (WWLP) – A new police dog cruiser was unveiled Tuesday afternoon.

Mayor Domenic Sarno and Acting Police commissioner Cheryl Clapprood revealed the newly designed K-9 cruiser at the Springfield Police Headquarters at 2 p.m.

The cruiser was designed by artist Jim McBride, owner of Go Graphix in East Longmeadow. He specially designed the cruiser to honor his late grandfather, Springfield Police officer Walter White.

“He got in trouble with his superiors very often he didn’t write enough tickets. Instead on his beat, he was taking kids for walks. The kids that were going off in the wrong direction,” McBride said.

Police dog officer Raul Gonzalez and his partner “Hades” expect to attract a good deal of positive attention on the streets of Springfield.

The 20-year police veteran will be driving one of nine K-9 cruisers now on duty in the Springfield Police Department. His will be the only one with these distinctive designs.

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