The Connecticut State Capitol Police Department K-9 Unit was formed in 2014 as part of security upgrades made to the State Capitol Campus.
The K-9 Unit currently consists of one team; Officer First Class Michael Bermudez and his partner Cutter, a yellow Labrador Retriever.
The K-9 team attended a 10 week Explosive Detection Canine Handler Course hosted by the Boston Police Department K-9 Academy. As part of their continuous development the K-9 team attends in-service training with the Boston Police Department K-9 Academy at least twice a month for the rest of their career.
Because of their specialized training in explosives detection, the K-9 team plays a significant role in creating a safe and secure environment in which to conduct the legislative process. The K-9 team accomplishes this by conducting security sweeps and searching packages that come into the Legislative Office Building and State Capitol Building.
In addition to regular patrol functions around the Capitol Campus, the K-9 unit is also available to assist other Police Departments through the regional mutual aid compact. As part of our community involvement the K-9 team periodically conducts public demonstrations of the team's skills and abilities.
Lieutenant Keith J. Zengel:
Sergeant Jonathan Sylvester: