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Franklin’s newest police recruit, a German shepherd pup, can smell trouble
Officer Adam Donnelly of the Franklin Police Department visited City Hall recently with his new K9 partner, Max. (COURTESY)
K9 officer Max was officially assigned to the city’s police department by the New Hampshire Police K9 Academy in Portsmouth.
City law enforcement officers have not had a police dog in recent history, said City Manager Elizabeth Dragon.
Late last month, Max was assigned to Franklin and was partnered with Officer Adam Donnelly.
“The addition of a K9 unit to the Franklin Police Department is a very positive move,” Goldstein said. “Most criminals would rather submit to arrest than to risk being taken down or bitten by a police K9. Having a K9 present helps lessen aggression levels, keeping situations from escalating and protecting our officers from harm.”
Bringing Max to Franklin took a community effort, Dragon said, and was made possible by a combination of fundraising, donations and grants.
The Mayor’s Drug Task Force raised more than $4,000 by hosting a retirement event for Councilor Bob Sharon, which also brought a sizable donation from Hope Community Chapel. Sharon was an original member of the Franklin Mayor’s Drug Task Force. The funds were raised and donated in Sharon’s honor.
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