K-9 Unit

Police dogs are an essential and valuable addition to the Pittsfield Police Department. They bring a variety of skills to police work in our community. The specially trained dogs enhance the police department’s ability to serve the community. They are a cost effective means of law enforcement in a modern police department.

The Pittsfield Police Department currently has three Police dog teams. Officer James Parise and K9 Nero, Officer James Losaw and K9 Cero, and Senior Handler, Officer Dwane Foisy, and K9 Raimo make up the K9 Unit at this time. The teams are cross trained in patrol, tracking and narcotic detection. After initial training, the dogs are Nationally Certified by the North American Police Work Dog Association (NAPWDA).

In 2008 the PPD began to offer training other police department K9 teams. Over ten teams from Massachusetts and Connecticut have gone through Patrol and narcotic training in our city. In the spring of 2009 the City of Pittsfield hosted a workshop sponsored by the Massachusetts Police Work Dog Association (MaPWDA). 17 teams participated in the week long training session.

The PPD K9 unit has operated consistently since 1991. Since that time nine K9 officers have served the City of Pittsfield.

K-9 Honor Roll

K9 Tiger 1990 to 1995
Deceased – Handled by Officer Stimpson and Officer Foisy

K9 Orso 1995 to 1997
Deceased – Handled by Officer Foisy

K9 Iyox 1997 to 2007
Deceased – Handled by Officer Foisy

K9 Ki 2007 to 2009
Deceased – Handled by Officer Foisy

K-9s Retired from Service

K9 Jack 1998
Handled by Officer Strout

K9 Nick
Handled by Officer Strout