On Tuesday, August 5, the Hartford Police Department's Summer
Youth Academy campers enjoyed a field trip to Keney Park to see
the mounted police stables. The experience included a threefold
event for over 20 Hartford youngsters.
Police Officer Steve Piersa from the Animal Control Unit gave
a presentation with "Elliot" his K-9 unit dog partner.
"Elliot is responsible for many things when we are looking
for a criminal in the neighborhood. His training to smell any
materials in the surroundings in which the crime occurred helps
us trace evidence very quickly." said Officer Steve Piersa.
Hartford Police Officers Lance Sigersmith and Bill Long from
the Hartford Bike Patrol Unit were on hand to greet the youngsters.
They demonstrated the equipment they wear and the mountain bikes
they use each day. "We experience great speed with these
specially designed bikes. We are able to move very quickly in
many different places including the wooded areas of Hartford,"
said Officer Sigersmith.
The campers were also able to feed the horses.
Other features of the program include basic training in first
aide, and drug prevention.
For further information on the program contact Officer Cheryl
Gogins at (860) 527-7300, ext. 5645.