Earlier this week, the Wilton Police Commission and the Wilton Police Department held a ceremony to honor several individuals who donated money to support the Wilton Police Department’s K-9 Program. The department received donations totaling $24,514, which enabled the department to fund the acquisition and training of Baso, the new K-9 officer who joined the department last October.

Baso partners with Ofc. Eric Patenaud.

On Monday, Jan. 9, the ceremony at the Town Hall Annex Building paid tribute to the following contributors:

Blue Buffalo and the Bishop Family of Wilton:  $14,000
Chris Sweetwood (American Kennel Club, Stratford):   $5,000 (matching grant)
Pinchbeck Family, Wilton:  $2,000
Dexter Family – $1,000
Krasnow Family Foundation – $1,000

Other smaller donations were received totaling the remaining $1,500, which combined for a total of $24,514. Chief Robert Crosby noted that many of the individuals who made donations as part of that final $1,500 were Patenaud’s family and friends.

“When [former K-9 officer] Enzo left, we felt the void and we needed to replace that and we did, thanks to all the donations,” Crosby said.