BRIDGEWATER — Chief Christopher D. Delmonte is pleased to recognize the graduation and recent work of the Bridgewater Police Department’s newest K-9, “Edo.”
K-9 Edo is a Belgian Malinois/German Shepherd Mix who was born on July 7, 2019. He was imported from the Slovak Republic in the fall of 2020.
Edo was purchased with funds raised through Mollie’s Annual Massachusetts Vest-a-Dog fundraiser which took place in March 2020. The fundraiser, organized by Mollie and her mother Stacey Coyne, annually supports a Massachusetts police K-9 unit with funds to purchase bulletproof K-9 vests, essential equipment, training and dogs for police departments.
K-9 Edo and his handler, Officer Christopher Rondeau, graduated from the Basic Canine Patrol Academy hosted by the Massachusetts Department of Corrections. They graduated on Jan. 22 and joined Bridgewater Police K-9 Officer Steven Kingsley and K-9 Papi who are assigned to night shifts.
Edo is certified in Basic Patrol and can be used to track and apprehend suspects and search for and track lost or missing children, the elderly or other endangered persons. He can also be used for building, area and evidence searches.
“We are pleased to have welcomed K-9 Edo to the Bridgewater Police Department and congratulate Officer Rondeau and Edo on their graduation,” Chief Delmonte said. “Our K-9 teams and their abilities are incredible resources for this department, and K-9 Edo has already been very effective in the two months he’s been with us. I would like to thank Mollie, her mother Stacey and the Massachusetts Vest-a-Dog organization. We are very grateful for their selfless work on our behalf and for the support they have provided for several years to police departments and K-9 units across the state.”
Since his graduation, K-9 Edo has been used to search a residence for a breaking and entering suspect, has located ammunition on a walking path and has assisted patrol units during a felony motor vehicle stop where the operator was wanted for a shooting in another town.