In November 1995, the Nashua Police Department wanted to formulate a police canine unit. The task of organizing such a unit was arduous, and costs were high. Most of the expenses for this unit were paid through drug forfeiture money. Much of the additional costs were defrayed by local businesses such as Pets Mart, which supplies all food for the dogs at no cost. Many of the city’s local businesses donated money, supplies, and labor to help the Police Department in this endeavor.
The dogs are assets to the Nashua Police Department. They have proven themselves to be a great tool in the criminal aspect of law enforcement, as well as a tremendous public relations tool. The dogs have been used for various community relations programs such as demonstrations during Citizen Academies, annual Law Enforcement Shows, schools, pre-schools, civic organizations, and local businesses. The canines have been an excellent resource for patrol operations. They have been used for:
- Tracking criminals from crime scenes
- Searching for lost individuals
- Building searches
- Apprehending fleeing suspects
- Searching for Bodies
The Nashua Police Department currently has three dogs. The dogs and their handlers are listed below:
GINGER - Blood Hound - Tracking Dog - Handler Officer Jeff Connors
MAUTZ - German Shephard - patrol and Narcotics Dog - Handler Officer Robert Dunn
RONY - German Shephard - Patrol and Narcotics Dog- Handler Officer Todd Moriarty
To find our more about the Nashua Police Department Canine Unit contact the Nashua Police Department by phone at (603) 594-3500.