Central Falls – On Monday March 27, 2017, Mayor James A. Diossa and police chief Colonel James J. Mendonca announced that the Central Falls Police Department had officially secured the funds to add Hayron to the department’s K-9 Unit. The funds were acquired completely through donations.
The push for Hayron began when the previous police K9 was retired after years of service due to a medical condition. Hayron, a very social and even-tempered German shepherd, will assist with public relations efforts, community events, and the effort to continue to build trust with residents. He will also serve as an asset in terms of patrolling, narcotics detection, and search and rescue along with other critical functions.
The ability to add Hayron to the team has come as a result of numerous donations. These efforts were aided in large part by formidable contributions of $500 or more by Edna Poulin, Industrial Motors, Chris Corrigan Moving Inc., and Central Falls Police FOP Lodge #1.
“The fact that the funds for Hayron were acquired solely through donations is a testament to how highly regarded our police department is in the community,” stated Mayor James A. Diossa. “Adding Hayron to the team will help them to continue their great work.”
“On behalf of the men and women of the Central Falls Police Department, I want to thank all who invested in our department and increasing community safety,” stated police chief Colonel James J. Mendonca. “Due to the overwhelming – and humbling – generosity of seventy-two charitable individuals and groups, we have raised the $7,100 necessary to acquire Hayron in less than two months of our campaign.”
Hayron and Ofc. DeCristoforo, his handler, will begin their training on April 3rd for about 10 weeks. Upon completion, the swearing-in ceremony will be held in June.