Andover Townsman, Andover, MA

June 5, 2014

Commanding attention

Weekend K-9 event fetches large crowds

By Bill Kirk

---- — Police K-9 teams from all over New England converged on the Greater Lawrence Technical School campus on River Road in Andover over the weekend for the Region 4 Canine Trials held by the U.S. Police Canine Association, or USPCA.

The two-day event was attended by 37 K-9 teams from across New England and New York, Andover police Commander Charles Heseltine said.

More than 1,000 spectators turned out over the two days to watch the dogs run through various courses and respond to commands as they sniffed out “contraband” or took down “suspects” on the run, he said.

The event was co-sponsored by the Andover Police Department and the North Eastern Massachusetts Law Enforcement Council, or NEMLEC.

Heseltine said the event was put together by officer Michael Connor and Sgt. Chad Cooper. He said Connor put in six months of work organizing the event, which turned out to be a huge success.

“The event raised over $17,000,” Heseltine said, noting that after expenses just over $10,000 was given to the USPCA for training and equipment for K-9 teams.

Plus, all the food was sold out and the weather cooperated perfectly.

“The event did very, very well,” he said. “The organizers were pleasantly surprised

In addition to Connor and Cooper, several other officers, including Charles Edgerly, Jason Dowd, Eric Milligan, Matt Goodale and detective. Kevin Aufiero, volunteered their weekends to help out.

“We had a great turnout with a lot of families and nice weather,” he said. “It worked out great. Everybody was very happy.”