Methuen Police K-9 Kilo and his handler Officer Christine Nicolosi recently graduated from a 15-week program at the Boston Police Academy. (Photograph courtesy of Methuen Police.)
The Methuen Police Department has added a recent graduate of the Boston Police Academy to their ranks.
Department K-9 “Kilo” and handler, Methuen Police Officer Chirsitine Nicolosi, completed a 15-week training program at the academy, according to a statement this week from Methuen Police Chief Joseph Solomon. The academy program covered several topics including tracking, building searches, obedience, agility, apprehension of suspects, protection of the handler and area searches. Nicolosi has eight years’ experience as a K-9 handler and “Kilo” is her second K-9 with the Methuen Police Department.
“We are proud of our K-9 Unit here in Methuen and are especially proud of Kilo and Officer Nicolosi for their graduation from the academy,” Solomon said. “Moving forward, we are eager to continue to watch Kilo develop his skills and help us keep our community safe.”
After the two-year-old German Shepherd gains more experience, Kilo will attend a narcotics training which will certify him in drug detection, police said.
“Kilo has proven to be a valuable resource to our department and a terrific partner so far,” Nicolosi said. “I am looking forward to continuing to work with him and bring him out into the community.”
According to police, the German Shepherd has already been instrumental in many investigations since his first day on the job.
“Kilo was able to track a suspect who fled after a police pursuit and on a separate occasion, tracked a suspect who was involved in an armed home invasion,” a spokesperson said.