PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) – The Providence Police Department’s Homeland Security Bureau welcomed a new addition Wednesday, a Black Labrador Retriever named Thor.
K-9 Thor will be handled by Sgt. Curt Desautels, a 21-year veteran of the force, according to Providence Police Col. Hugh Clements and Public Safety Commissioner Steven Paré.
Thor and Desautels recently completed a 10-week training course at the Rhode Island K-9 Academy in which Thor was certified as an explosive detection K-9.
The police department said Thor will help to increase public safety for events and assist law enforcement agencies throughout New England.
The entire K-9 unit is specially trained to handle situations such as building searches and the tracking of suspects.
“The Providence Police take great pride in our highly trained K-9’s who are invaluable when it comes to ensuring the safety of our citizens to the best of [their] ability.” Clements said. “We welcome K-9 Thor into our great department and thank him and Sergeant Desautels for their dedication and hard work throughout the training process.”