On Sunday night around 7:00pm Stamford Police Dept officer Jonathan Gale and Canine “Knox” were sent to Greenwich to assist the Greenwich Police Department with a missing person.
According to Stamford Police, upon being deployed, Officer Gale and K-9 Knox quickly picked up a scent of the missing person, who was successfully located deep into a wooded area where he was hiding in a ditch behind a house under construction.
Police say their task was difficult because it occurred at night in unfamiliar terrain for both the officer and the canine. Also there was a 20 minute window of time that the person had been reported missing.
At the Greenwich Police press briefing on Monday, Lt John Slusarz said canine units reciprocate with neighboring towns and Greenwich Police will sometimes ask Stamford Police or State Police for assistance when the Greenwich canine is unavailable. That was the situation on Sunday night.
Slusarz said there were no injuries reported, and the situation was resolved over the course of about 90 minutes.
“They’re a great tool,” Slusarz said of police dogs. “They can help us find people or drugs, and offer protection.”
The missing-person situation was resolved in a positive manner, he said.
The successful resolution of the incident exemplifies the value of police canines in any department and the communities they serve.