Chief Scott P. Livingstone is pleased to announce that the
Amherst Police Department now includes a second canine team, Officer Matthew
Frydryk and his K9 partner Marvin.
The addition of a second canine team to the department has
been made possible by a generous $25,000 grant from the Stanton
Foundation. The Stanton Foundation has
awarded numerous grants to develop canine programs within police departments throughout
the Commonwealth. In 2015, the Amherst
Police Canine Program was created with grant funds provided by the Stanton
Foundation. Additional information regarding the Stanton Foundation can be
found at http://thestantonfoundation.org/canine.
Officer Matthew Frydryk, who has been with the Amherst
Police Department since 2008, travelled to Pennsylvania in March to meet with
the canine service dog importer to select the department’s newest police dog. Officer Frydryk’s canine partner is a 16
month old male German Shepherd who was imported from Hungary.
Officer Frydryk and Marvin are currently attending trainings
for narcotic detection and patrol operations.
Upon the completion of this initial training Officer Frydryk and his K9
will assume regular patrol duties. They
will be utilized for criminal apprehension, tracking and locating missing persons,
building searches, evidence and narcotics detection, and promoting favorable
Questions regarding the grant or canine program can be
forwarded to Captain Ronald A. Young at firstname.lastname@example.org
or (413) 259-3129.