As many citizens know, on May 31, 2017, our K-9, Officer Jax, will be retiring after ten (10) years of loyal and dedicated service to this Department and its citizens. Our current K-9 program has brought much notoriety to the Town of Southwick. During their career, Officer Jax and his handler, Officer Tom Krutka, have been well respected for their work and successes throughout the region. They have tracked and recovered missing children, missing adults and wanted fugitives with a high success rate.
In addition, in 2014, Officer Krutka and his K9 partner, Officer Jax, were recognized by the Massachusetts Police Work Dog Association as being the “Narcotic Detection Team of the Year.” Of course, in 2014, it was talents of our K-9 team which attributed to the seizure of 119 pounds of Marijuana and over 1.2 million dollars in U.S. currency. This K-9 team was also responsible for numerous other seizures involving illegal narcotics.
We are pleased to inform you that we have decided to continue our K-9 program in order to serve the needs of this community. As one can see this is without a doubt a valuable asset to all of us. Therefore, we will need to purchase another K-9 in order to do so. With that being said we are making it known that we are currently soliciting donations from the public to help defray the cost associated with the purchase and training of our new K-9.
If you wish to donate please make checks payable to the Southwick Police Department K-9 Fund. Donations can be dropped off at the Police Department or sent to:
Southwick Police Department
Attn: Southwick Police K-9 Fund
11 Depot Street
Southwick, MA 01077
If you have any questions please do not hesitate to call the Southwick Police Department at 413-569-5348, Ext. 609 or 606.
Thank-you in Advance
Chief Dave Ricardi