UTICA, NY (WUTR-TV) — On Monday afternoon, the Utica Police Department has welcomed a new member to their force. Adirondack Bank is donating $8,000 to the Utica Police Department for a new K-9.
In a financial crunch, the Utica Police Department did not have the funds to add a fourth police dog to the department. Earlier this year, the department reached out to Adirondack Bank to inquire as to whether they would be willing to give a donation to help offset the costs of training and maintaining a new K-9.
K-9 Dak (short for Adirondack) and his partner Police Officer Kyle Piersall, will be fully certified in narcotics detection and patrol field work in September of 2020. With the addition of Dak, UPD’s complement now consists of four dogs, all with varying skills and abilities that are utilized to keep our City safe and perform functions only K-9s are capable of fulfilling. Each K-9 goes through a 15 week training program managed by the Oneida County Sheriff’s Office.
“On behalf of the City of Utica, I extend great thanks and appreciation to Adirondack Bank and Rocco Arcuri for their generosity. Our police dogs are highly trained and our community and UPD personnel are safer because of Adirondack Bank’s donation,” says Mayor Robert Palmieri.
“We are pleased to be able to provide this donation to assist with the safety and security of the entire community. We would like to welcome K-9 Dak to Utica and wish him and Officer Piersall a long, successful and safe career with the UPD,” says Rocco Arcuri, Adirondack Bank CEO.