The Windsor Locks Police Commission Thursday selected Officer Joseph Malone as the new K-9 handler.
"Officer Malone will follow in the proud tradition of of past K-9 handlers Officer's Andrew Dzierzgowski and John Carney. I know they will be there to support and mentor Officer Malone," Police Commission Chairman Kevin Brace said in a released statement.
Malone's fiancee pinned his K-9 bars on his lapels at a special police commission meeting.
"I have always wanted to be a K-9 Officer, and honored that the commission selected me," said Malone said. "I'm really looking forward to patrolling Windsor Locks with my new partner at my side."
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Brace said the commission would like to thank the Connecticut State Police, Enfield Police Department, Human Resource Director Shannon Walker, and especially Officer Andrew Dzierzgowski and his family for caring for the dog.
Malone and the new will be attending the Connecticut State Police K-9 Academy in September. The Middle School children will vote on the K-9 Dog's name on June 8, Brace said.