ATHOL, M.A. (WLNE) — “Gronk” has become the latest recruit at the Athol Police Department, authorities say.
Canine apprentice “Gronk,” a one-year-old German Shepherd, will be sworn in as a full-time officer when he finishes training with his handler at the Boston Police K-9 Academy in July.
Gronk will be trained to track missing persons and suspects, locate narcotics, search and clear buildings, and protect officers through deterrence.
Officials say criminals are uneasy about resisting apprehension by a well-trained patrol dog.
“In addition to fighting crime, Gronk will be an important asset in strengthening the relationship between our police department and the community,” said Athol Police Chief Russell Kleber who is planning a formal swearing in ceremony this summer.
“Gronk will encourage better relations with law enforcement through community outreach in all parts of society from schools to assisted living facilities,” said Chief Kleber.