The Revere Police Department's K9 Unit was reactivated in 2008 thanks to funding in the form of a grant provided by the Department of Homeland Security. The grant covered the cost of the dog, a police cruiser, equipment, and the necessary training.
Sergeant Mike Mason and K9 Walsh underwent extensive training at the Boston Police K9 Academy and continue to train regularly. K9 Walsh, a German Shepherd imported from Slovakia, is trained as a dual-purpose dog specializing in Explosive Ordinance Detection and Patrol Operations. In addition to their daily training, the team is required to attend formal in-service training at a minimum of 16 hours per month.
K9 Walsh is trained to recognize more than 20 different types of explosive odors and indicate to his handler upon finding them. He is also trained to search for missing persons, fleeing suspects, or those in hiding. He is trained in building and open area searches, suspect apprehension, and handler protection. Sergeant Mason and K9 Walsh continue to provide valuable K9 services to the citizens and guests of Revere. They've also responded to numerous mutual aid requests from surrounding communities and outside agencies and continue to support any agency who may request their assistance.
Sergeant Mike Mason and K9 Walsh would like to thank Home Depot and Stop and Shop for their generous donations. Financial contributions to help sustain the unit are gladly accepted. For more information contact Sergeant Mason at 781-656-1120.