Athol K-9 Gronk completes narcotic detection course


Staff Writer
Tuesday, March 13, 2018

ATHOL — K-9 Gronk and his handler Officer Craig Deveneau, a 22-year-veteran of the Athol Police Department, have completed a narcotic detection course offered by the Boston Police Department.

Officer Deveneau and Gronk graduated from the extensive 240-hour, six-week-long course on Friday, March 6, with high honors. As part of the advanced drug training program, Deveneau and Gronk traveled throughout the state practicing building and vehicle searches for illegal narcotics at various locations.

Gronk, a German shepherd who will turn 2 years old next month, came to the department in April 2017 through a $25,000 Stanton Foundation grant. He graduated from Boston’s police dog academy and is certified in tracking, area searches and criminal apprehension, and works shifts with Deveneau, like any other officer. Over the past few months, Gronk has assisted with tracking, searched out evidence and helped apprehend suspects.

“I am proud of the hard work and dedication that both Officer Deveneau and Gronk have put into this course over the last several weeks,” Chief Russell Kleber said. “This advanced training will be a valuable tool in helping the Athol community combat the opioid epidemic and keep our residents safe.”

In addition to narcotics detection, Gronk and Officer Deveneau will play a key part in the Athol Keeping Innocents Defended and Safe (KIDS) program.

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