Adirondack Bank has pledged $8,000 to the City of Utica Police Department to bring on and train a new drug-sniffing K-9, according to an announcement by city law enforcement officials.
The new canine officer — named “Dak” — and his partner, Police Officer Kyle Piersall, will be fully certified in narcotics detection and field work in September, city officials said.
Dak brings the number of K-9 officers with Utica Police up to four, each with varying skills and abilities.
“We are pleased to be able to provide this donation to assist with the safety and security of the entire community,” said Rocco Arcuri, CEO and president of Adirondack Bank.
“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,” the Adirondack Bank CEO added.
Officials said they began seeking financial assistance to train the new dog earlier this year and Arcuri did not hesitate to offer to help.
“On behalf of the City of Utica, I extend great thanks and appreciation to Adirondack Bank and Rocco Arcuri for their generosity,” said Utica Mayor Robert Palmieri.
“Our police dogs are highly trained and our community and UPD personnel are safer because of Adirondack Bank’s donation.” the Utica mayor added.