Meet Pembroke's newest crime-fighting duoBy MELISSA PROULX
Union Leader Correspondent
September 13. 2017 11:56PM
PEMBROKE — Bucca, the newest member of the Pembroke Police Department, is getting to know the lay of the land before he and his handler, officer Jordan Boisvert, head down to the Boston Police K9 Academy for training in the coming weeks.
Boisvert formulated a plan back in March to raise money for the purchase and training of a police dog, presenting his proposal to selectmen, who gave him their seal of approval at that time.
The initial goal was to raise $16,000, but more than double that has been raised. Boisvert said the remaining amount will be saved to help further fund it in the future.
Services are also being donated to the department. For example, veterinarian Kevin Mara will perform all the check-ups and medical procedures for free.
Selectmen accepted the more than $35,000 donation at their Sept. 5 meeting.
Along with residents, businesses in town as well as surrounding communities also donated to the cause. The National Police Dog Foundation also gave a grant to the department.
Boisvert said he read every note that came in with each donation, and is grateful for just how much backing he and the department have received for the program.
“How much the town really supports this K9 unit means a lot to me,” Boisvert said.
This isn’t an uncommon approach for funding the position. The Bow Police Association raised the money for officer Matt Pratte in 2013 in a matter of weeks for him and his partner, Roxy, and some of the money is still being used today.
This is the first K9 team that Pembroke has had, Boisvert said.
“I’ve wanted to do this for a long time,” he said.
Having a dog on staff can be such a vital resource for the department from both a crime prevention and a community relation standpoint, Boisvert said.
When it comes to track down either a missing person or a burglary suspect fleeing from a scene, the dogs are able to pick up on a scent and guide the police to wherever that person might be much easier than they could alone, Boisvert said.
“Just seeing what they can actually do, there’s no way any of us could have done that,” he said.
Bucca will be trained as both a patrol and narcotics dog, Boisvert said.
The community aspect of it is something Police Chief Dwayne Gilman said will be vital for the department.
“We need to find a program where we can reconnect with the community, and this is a good program for that,” he said.