The K-9 Unit is a group of dedicated professionals comprised of three officers and their K-9 companions. Currently, Lieutenant Stephen Gendreau and his Bloodhound named Hope, Officer Christian Hanson and his German Shepard named Bossi and Officer Michael Bergeron and his German Shepard named Randy make up the 3 officer and 3 K-9 team for the Lowell Police Department.
K9 Bossi is a "dual purpose" dog. He is certified in both patrol and narcotics detection. Patrol consists of tracking, area search, article search (evidence), building searches, criminal apprehension, obedience and agility.
K9 Anna Mae Hope is used for tracking missing people, lost children, and people that have committed crimes. She has been trained to scent discriminate by using scent articles allowing her get on the trail of whomever she is searching.
K9 Randy is certified as a patrol and narcotics K9. Randy is a very high energy dog and is happiest when he is working. His favorite assignments include tracking people that have committed crimes and narcotic searches.
The Officers and canines of the Lowell Police K-9 Unit are well trained in several areas of Law Enforcement expertise which include:
- Tracking of, searching for and apprehension of crime suspects immediately after a crime such as a robbery or assault has occurred.
- Searching for missing persons such as children who may have wandered away from the home without their parents or guardians knowledge.
- Searching for missing persons suffering from incapacitating illnesses such as Alzheimer's who may have wandered from the safety of their homes and their guardians.
- Assisting other officers in the detection of various types of illegal drugs or contraband in vehicles, luggage, or packages as well as on their person during various police activities.
- Assisting other officers in crowd control of persons involved in public disturbances.
- Responding to assist Police Departments from other communities in need of a K-9 at recent crime related incidents in their communities.
- Assisting the LPD Safety Officer by conducting demonstrations of the K-9 Unit 's abilities, functions and equipment in front of smaller or larger groups of people, including younger children at Safety Events, Bicycle Safety Rodeos, Senior Center Events and both city and private events during all times of the year.
- Protecting the K-9 Officer from being assaulted in volatile situations where the K-9 officer may find himself alone with one or more suspects and without back up.