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Posted on: April 20, 2017

Police Department Welcomes New Canine

Frydryk and Marvin Format

Police Departments second canine team

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

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 public relations.

Questions regarding the grant or canine program can be forwarded to Captain Ronald A. Young at or (413) 259-3129.

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