Officer/K-9 Handler Daryn Gadeken and K-9 Nalty work together in narcotics detection and when narcotics are found, often there is addiction involved. While the initial visit to Bradford Health Services may be a consequence for some of the clients, many have found help and healing from substance abuse and are living an active life of recovery, said Terri Bryan, community representative for Bradford Health Services.
“We appreciate Officer Gadeken and K-9 Nalty for all their efforts in taking care of our community,” Bryan said.
Gadeken is a 14 year law enforcement veteran.
“I was promoted to K-9 handler Sept 3, 2019 when I received K-9 Nalty,” he said.
The responsibilities of a K-9 handler involve assisting in the detection and location of illegal narcotics, tracking lost individuals or suspected criminals attempting to evade apprehension, as well as normal patrol duties.
Gadeken said his favorite part of being a K-9 handler is the partnership between Nalty and himself.
“It’s truly amazing, the things a K-9 is capable of when partnered with a human,” he said.
The Manchester Police Department K-9s are completely funded through the Manchester Police Department drug fund at no cost to taxpayers.
During mandated continued training, all K-9 teams train on narcotics detection as well as patrol work and tracking make sure all handlers and K-9s are prepared to assist in any situation they encounter, either in narcotics, handler protection or locating and detaining suspects.
Nalty is a 2-year-old Belgian Malinois. He is a dual purpose narcotics detection and patrol dog.