After the retirement of the department's first K-9 team, Officer Joseph Brewer and his canine partner "Thom", Officer Krutka was appointed as the department's new K-9 handler in May of 2007.
Officer Krutka's partner "Jax", a two year old Belgian Malinois arrived in June of 2007. Jax spent the first two years of his life in Holland before he was brought to the United States.
Both Officer Krutka and Jax completed 12 weeks of training with the New England K-9 Academy in Manchester Ct. Jax was trained as a patrol canine. Throughout the twelve weeks of training, Jax was trained in basic obedience, evidence recovery, narcotics detection, search & rescue, apprehension, and handler protection.
Officer Krutka and "Jax" also participate in a minimum of 16 hours of maintenance training each and every month to keep their skills sharp. Their training group consist of several of the top K-9 teams from around the area and train under the watchful eye of their leader, Master Trainer Dwane Foisy of the Berkshire County Sheriff's Department. Officer Krutka and "Jax" are currently certified to the high standards set forth by the North American Police Work Dog Association (N.A.P.W.D.A.).