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Meet the Newest Member of the GPD – Hunter

At its July meeting, the Greece Town Board unanimously approved the donation of a Police K-9 dog as the newest addition of the Greece Police Department. The approval came based on the recommendation of the Police Canine Exploratory Committee, which was formed by Chief of Police Todd Baxter.

Officer Dave Cubiotti introduced the idea of naming the new K-9 after Hunter Resch, a seven-year- old boy who was tragically killed in February, 2010. It was only fitting that Chief Baxter and the Greece Police Department introduced "Hunter" at the annual Hunter Resch Foundation Carnival on August 6.

There are numerous benefits to having a police K-9 on staff; from supporting preventative patrol of the town and performing security checks to tracking fleeing suspects, supporting officers in apprehensions, searching for narcotics, and supporting special events preparations.

One of the most important aspects of utilizing a police K-9 is having a qualified handler. Several qualifications were taken in to account before selecting a handling officer – the candidate must be a non-probationary member of the GPD and have at least three years of law enforcement experience, in addition to his/her work record, performance evaluations, and home life.

After careful review of each officer’s experience, Officer Sam Ross was selected to be Hunter’s handler. Officer Ross is 31 years old and has been a member of the Greece Police Department since 2000. Before they are able to hit the streets, Officer Ross and Hunter must successfully complete and graduate from the Police Canine Academy. This program will run for three months, starting in October. You can expect to see Officer Ross and Hunter working the streets this winter!

Hunter Resch Foundation • P.O. Box 16810 • Rochester, NY 14616