Brookfield Police Department Sgt. Jeff Osuch has been working with K9 Argo for about six months. Brookfield Police thanked Albert Tarrab of Future Subnets, Inc., based in Ridgefield, and Brianna Ruocco for their donation of a Garmin GPS enabled training/tracking collar.
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This collar will allow Sgt. Osuch to take Argo's training to the next level, since this GPS feature tracks Argo's exact location in real time. Osuch says this tracking is beneficial not only in the event that he and Argo become separated, but it can be used to record Argo's tracks as evidence in criminal cases he is used on.
Osuch says this collar will be beneficial for Argo's safety. It sends a signal to a handheld device with his exact locations.
There have been several cases, even in Connecticut, where the dogs gotten away from their handlers. He gave the common example of a dog searching on their own in the woods. Specifically in Connecticut, a Police K9 got hurt and it took officers a couple of hours to find him. In New York, a dog was lost for a couple of days when he chased a deer into the woods.
From a training aspect, Osuch says this GPS device will also be helpful. He could give the handheld to another officer, who would watch Osuch track Argo. If Osuch goes way off course the other officer could call his cell phone to correct course. Osuch would then be able to download the data and see where Argo's track went and where he went.
When tracking a criminal and they find evidence along the way, Osuch can mark the location on Argo's collar. He can then print out report to attach to a case file for court.
Osuch worked as a handler for 8.5 years with K9 Bruno, before the Department got Argo in June. Argo is a 2 year old Belgian Malinois that was born in the U.S. with European blood lines. Together Osuch and Argo hold Connecticut Police Work Dog Association & North American Police Work Dog Association certifications in tracking, suspect apprehension, evidence recovery and narcotic detection.