K9 Tinzer 2002-2012

In 2002 the Barre Town Police Department decided to bring back their K9 Unit after several years without a police canine. Chief Dodge  (Sergeant Dodge at that time), was chosen as the Handler, and his partner, K9 Tinzer joined the police department shortly after. They attended the Basic patrol School at the Vermont Police Academy in the fall of 2003. During their training Chief Dodge and Tinzer were trained in tracking, building searches (for criminals), evidence recovery, handler protection and obedience. In addition they were trained in advanced tracking and helicopter deployment. During Tinzer’s career he was called upon to assist in over 300 cases where there was a missing person or a criminal had fled from police. His very first call was a 2 mile track of a burglary suspect which resulted in the arrest of the suspect. Unfortunately, Tinzer passed away in 2012 from medical problems.

See K9 Tinzer and handler William Dodge highlighted in the Barre Town Newsletter in November of 2009.