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Patrol dog joins the Holbrook Police Department

Jan, a 2-year-old Belgian Malinois, recently joined the Holbrook Police Department as its youngest — and furriest — member.

Jan, a patrol dog, is partnering with Officer Casey Surprenant and will help with drug enforcement, search and rescue, and catching suspects who flee police.

Originally from the Netherlands, Jan came to Holbrook through a grant from the Massachusetts Vest-A-Dog Corporation, according to a statement about his arrival. He graduated from the Plymouth County Sheriff Department’s K-9 program in early January and will return to the program in the fall to attend narcotics school.


K-9 Jan replaces two patrol dogs — Bo and Charlie — who retired in 2019. Holbrook police started using patrol dogs in 2012.

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“The K-9 unit brings benefits to the police department and our community,” said Surprenant, who has worked closely with police dogs with the Metropolitan Law Enforcement Council SWAT Team.

“K-9 Jan is not only seen as a police officer, but as an ambassador for the department. He will be appearing at community events to hopefully break down barriers between the police and residents,” he said.

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