Mayor Joe Ganim and Police Chief AJ Perez welcomed Dennis, the Explosive Detection Canine to the Bridgeport Police Department. The Belgian Milionis joined the K9 Unit thanks to a donation from Joan and Jeffrey Hickey in memory of Dennis F. Hickey, beloved husband, and father. Dennis lost his battle with glioblastoma brain cancer in September 2016.

SONITROL Security Systems of Bridgeport was founded in 1973 by both Dennis and Joan Hickey. Jeffrey worked alongside his father for many years and in 2001 joined him full-time. The Hickey’s felt donating an Explosive Detection Dog would be a great way to honor Dennis’ legacy with the work SONITROL has done protecting Bridgeport, Connecticut, and surrounding towns, especially schools and municipalities.

Officer K9 Dennis was born in Holland and trained by the US Department of Defense. He was deployed to Afghanistan and when his mission was completed he became available to us. On October 23, 2018, K9 Dennis was inducted into the Bridgeport Police Force. He will live with his handler Sergeant Erick Norton, and together they will protect our communities for many years to come.