OXFORD – The Oxford Memorial Library is hosting a family night event with a Norwich Police Officer and his K-9 at 6:30 p.m., Thursday in hopes to offer an opportunity for children to learn more about trained K-9s.
According to library director Nancy Wilcox, children and their families will have the opportunity to learn how a K-9 dog is chosen, trained and what the dog does on the police force.
“We’re always trying to be involved in the community, and any outreach we can do is always nice,” said Norwich Police Chief Joseph Angelino.
Norwich Police Officer Brandon Clarke will be at the library with his K9, Weeks, a German Shepard trained in patrol, tracking and narcotics detection.
Per a release from the library, Weeks is named after two former NPD officers, Ralph Weeks and Norman Weeks. The K-9 was a gift to the NPD from Judy Weeks, the widow of Ralph Weeks.
“Come and meet this special member of the Norwich Police Department and learn all about K-9s and their jobs,” said Wilcox.
With regard to tomorrow’s visit to the library, Officer Clarke said education is a priority.
“The more children know about how the dog works, the more comfortable they will be,” Clarke said. “It’s important for kids to learn about it. It’s a confidence rather than fear thing, which is why outreach with children and the community is key.”
The program is free and open to the public, and all are invited to attend.
“We thank the library for extending an invitation to us,” said Angelino.
For further information, individuals are encouraged to contact the library at 843-6146 or visit the website at oxfordmemoriallibrary.org.