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MPD Welcomes K9 Mattis to the Department

Tuesday, February 26, 2019
The Malden Police Department is proud to introduce our newest officer, K9 Mattis. Mattis is an 18 month old German Shepherd who was born in the Czech Republic. Mattis has been trained for patrol and narcotics detection. He has successfully graduated from the Rhode Island K9 Academy and is Nationally certified by the American Police Canine Association after completing 16 Weeks of Patrol school and 6 weeks of narcotics detection training.
 
Mattis and his handler, Officer Michael Polston are assigned to the Patrol Division where they will assist fellow officers in a variety of investigations, including handler protection, criminal apprehension, narcotics detection, wanted person searches, article searches, building searches and search warrants.
 
Mattis is the third police dog who has been assigned to Officer Polston since 2004. Prior to Mattis, K9 Leon and K9 Klaus proudly served the canine unit and were successful in locating suspects and drugs, including numerous seizures of money, vehicles, and other profits of drug distribution. They served alongside our officers with service, honor, integrity and courage.
 
The Malden Police K-9 unit is funded from monies seized through forfeiture of funds related to narcotics investigations.