Police Officer/Canine Handler
Groton Police Department
Groton, Connecticut, United States
OFC Heather McClelland is a 10-year veteran of the Town of Groton Police Department. She is currently assigned as the Community Policing Officer and Officer Wellness Coordinator. OFC McClelland started the Police Service Dog Program in 2019 and has been partnered with K-9 Chase for the past year and
half. Chase accompanies OFC McClelland in all aspects of her job, including CISM debriefings, officer wellness for first responders, community outreach events, school visits and teaching D.A.R.E..Chase also helps victims of crimes and works with the victim advocate in New London County. Chase was the first dog of her kind in CT, whose main focus was providing officer wellness and community outreach.
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