We are the primary care veterinarian for the K9 unit of the Londonderry Police Department
Ammo, a Belgian Malinois, and his handler, Officer Rafael Ribeiro, graduated from the Boston Police K9 Academy on December 12, 2019. Together as a K9 team, they completed 500 training hours at the academy. They continue training every day and complete 2 days (16 hours) a month of required in-service training to maintain their certification. Ammo is trained and certified currently as a Patrol K9 which consists of:
- Building searches
- Article/Evidence searches
- Area searches
- Handler Protection
Ammo will more than likely be a dual purpose K9 which means he will be certified in Patrol (listed above) and another specialty, either drugs/narcotics or explosives. They are not yet slotted for another school to certify in the second function but most likely will be attending in the near future.
Officer Ribeiro was selected as the LPD K9 Handler in July 2019 and has had Ammo as his partner since August 2019. Before becoming the K9 Handler, he has been with the LPD for about 8 years serving as a patrol officer in different capacities, including being a Defensive Tactics/Firearms Instructor and Motorcycle Officer. He is also a member of the LPD Honor Guard and a member of the LPD Critical Incident Management Team. Ammo and Officer Ribeiro not only serve Londonderry, but they also assist other surrounding towns who need a K9 as mutual aid.
Photo credit: Sgt. Garrett Malloy from LPD
Mingo, a German Shepherd, joined the Londonderry Police Department in February 2010 with handler, Officer John Perry. He was certified as both a patrol K9 and a narcotic detection K9 and was also a member of Southern NH Special Operations Unit.
-Found lost, missing and suicidal people.
-Found suspects wanted for committing crimes.
-Found illegal contraband and narcotics.
-Participated in dozens of community events and demonstrations.
He retired from active duty on August 1, 2017 and lived with Officer Perry and his family. In May of 2018, Mingo passed away. He served the community well and is missed, very much.
Photo Credit: Officer John Perry