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. The K-9's visible presence acts as deterrent to those who seek to do us harm.
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: