The estate of Kenneth and Anne Gleszer has generously donated over half a million dollars to area Connecticut police departments.

The Gleszers were very specific regarding what the donated $600,000 should be earmarked for. They wanted their generous gift to go towards acquiring police service dogs for police departments in Danbury, Brookfield, New Milford, Ridgefield, Newtown, Bethel, Monroe, Stratford, and Easton along with the Connecticut Police Work Dog Association and the Connecticut State Police.

The police dog is trained and utilized for specific tasks like drug, bomb, and weapon detection, along with cadaver searches and therapy dogs. The most common police dogs used for everyday duties are German Shepherds. Occasionally other breeds are called on like the Belgian Malinois, Golden Retrievers, and Bassett Hounds.

On Wednesday of this week, a ceremony took place at Danbury Police Headquarters, where the chiefs from each of the 10 Connecticut police departments towns that are to receive police work dogs attended, along with the surviving members of the Gleszers's family. The National Police Dog Foundation assists law enforcement agencies with the funding to purchase the very best canines but most police departments usually don't have a budget for police K-9s, which is why we thank the Gleszer family and the estate of Kenneth and Anne Gleszer from Danbury for their $600,000 gift!

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