The Connecticut Police Work Dog Association Inc. was established in
1991, to assist, unite and promote police service dogs in the State of
Connecticut. This organization was established to enhance the training, education and overall working performance of our police canine teams.
The Connecticut Police Work Dog Association Inc. has also
certification standards for patrol and narcotic detection canine teams. These certification
standards are comparable to those utilized by federal, state and local
law enforcement agencies throughout the United States. We also encourage
and assist our members with ongoing in-service training to maintain the
police canine teams proficiency.
The Connecticut Police Work Dog Association Inc. utilizes
experienced police canine trainers from around the country to conduct
certification testing for our canine teams. The use of outside police
canine examiners lends credibility to the testing process. The examiner
is not connected to the basic training of the police canine team.
The Connecticut Police Work Dog Association Inc. presently has
approximately one hundred forty Connecticut municipal police canine teams
utilizing the certification standards for patrol and narcotic detection.
Since our inception we have provided thirty eight training workshops
and classroom lectures to police canine officers from Connecticut and
through out the Northeast United States.
In 1993, The Connecticut Police Chiefs Association, in cooperation
with the Connecticut Police Work Dog Association Inc., established The
Daniel Wasson Memorial Canine Award. Officer Wasson was a Milford,
Connecticut Police Canine Officer who was shot and killed in the line of
duty. Officer Wasson made the ultimate sacrifice; it is in his memory
that these awards are given each year.
These annual awards are chosen from line of duty deployments
submitted by Connecticut police canine teams that exemplify the highest
tradition of police canine law enforcement. The award plaques honoring
Officer Daniel Wasson and the winners of this prestigious award, hangs
proudly in the lobby of the Connecticut Police Academy in Meriden,
The Connecticut Police Work Dog Association Inc. does not represent
any specific law enforcement agency, nor do we advocate any specific
method of training. We have the expertise to assist any law enforcement
agency in establishing a canine unit, canine policy and canine unit
procedures. We can provide assistance in handler and canine selection
and we can assist your agency locate a credible training program.
If you have
any questions or require further information on the Connecticut Police
Work Dog Association Inc., please refer to the information provided on
our web page or
e-mail the current CPWDA President or
Board Directors below. CPWDA members are asked to address any questions
to their immediate Reigion Vice President.
CPWDA President, Rosario Savastra, firstname.lastname@example.org
CPWDA V.P. (Western CT) Matt Lima,
CPWDA V.P. (Central CT) Joe Capodiferro,
CPWDA V.P. (Eastern CT) Dan Gagnon at