Staffing and K-9 Unit
24 Wolcott Hill Road
Wethersfield, CT 06109
Phone: (860) 692-7490
Fax: (860) 692-7513
Deputy Warden: Roger Bowles
This unit is responsible for insuring that the agency’s 18 correctional facilities are equipped with appropriate levels of staff at all times to fulfill the Department’s mission of public safety and provide for safe, secure and orderly institutions. The functioning and fiscal accounting for nearly 4,000 correctional staff are constantly analyzed to provide for a cost-effective correctional system.
The unit also conducts and maintains performance measures for the facilities and the agency as a whole that gauge among other essential criteria, the rates of inmate on inmate, and inmate on staff assaults and the frequency of use of force within the correctional environment.
A critical aspect of the Department’s ability to maintain the security of its facilities is its 22 canine teams. These highly trained combinations of handler and canine are utilized on a daily basis to maintain order within the correctional facilities. Their capabilities in the detection of drugs play a key role in searches of the inmate population as well as in the abatement of drugs entering the correctional perimeter.
Vested interest in K9s, Inc. awards CT Department of Corection a bullet and stab protective vest.
The Department of Corrections K9 Tony has been awarded a ballistic vest thanks to a non profit organization, Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. The organization raised over $1500 at the 2014 Connecticut K9 Olympics that took place in Storrs which funded the vest for the Corrections K9.
K9 Tony is a 2 1/2 year old German Shepherd certified in Patrol and Tracking and is assigned to Officer Paul Aubin. The team graduated from the June 2014 Connecticut State Police Academy.
Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. is a 501c (3) charity located in East Taunton, MA whose mission is to provide bullet and stab protective vests and other assistance to dogs of law enforcement and related agencies throughout the United States. Each vest costs $950.00 and has a 5 year warranty. The nonprofit was established in 2009 to assist law enforcement agencies with this potentially life saving body armor for their four legged K9 Officers. Through private and corporate sponsorships, Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. provided over 1359 law enforcement dogs in 49 states with protective vests since 2009 at a cost of over $1.2 million dollars.
Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. announces their "Hog Wild for K9s" t-shirt is now available online for a $15.00 donation at www.vik9s.org. Proceeds will provide bullet and stab protective vests, for police dogs actively working without the potentially lifesaving equipment.
The organization orders the U.S. made vests exclusively from distributor Regency Police Supply in Hyannis, MA who also does the custom embroidery on the body armor. Vests are manufacturer by Armor Express in Central Lake, MI.
New K9 graduates as well as K9's with expired vests are eligible to participate. The program is open to law enforcement dogs who are US employed, certified and at least 19 months of age.
For more information or to learn about volunteer opportunities, please call 508-824-6978. Tax deductible donations accepted via mail to: Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. P.O. Box 9 East Taunton, MA 02718 or the website: www.vik9s.org.