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Framingham police friendly-find canine Cam retires after 9 years

FRAMINGHAM — He began as a canine misplaced within the woods. Now, a decade later, he has retired after a profession discovering hidden medication and individuals who went astray.

Cam, who has been with the Framingham Police Division for 9 years, serving as a narcotics detection canine and friendly-find canine, has retired from the division.

“He is finished a whole lot of good work for us,” mentioned his handler, Detective Jeffrey DeRosa. “He is been a very, actually good canine and a very good accomplice.”

In 2012, DeRosa, a detective within the narcotics unit, obtained approval from then-Chief Steven Carl to get a narcotics canine. DeRosa started reaching out to search out one when the Plymouth County Sheriff’s Workplace mentioned it might have an appropriate candidate.

“It simply occurs that Plymouth County had simply discovered a canine roaming within the woods at Plymouth State Forest,” mentioned DeRosa. “That was Cam.”

The Sheriff’s Workplace had looked for attainable homeowners for a few weeks earlier than contacting DeRosa. DeRosa and a narcotics canine coach went to Plymouth and met with the then-unnamed, mixed-breed canine, who gave the impression to be lower than a yr outdated, to guage whether or not it had what it took to be skilled as a narcotics canine.   

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After a 13-week coaching course in narcotics detection, Cam and DeRosa started working as a group in 2013. A few years later, they did a further 14-week coaching course, this time to develop into a friendly-find canine, which implies Cam would seek for lacking and misplaced folks, however not suspects in crimes.

DeRosa mentioned Cam has had a profitable profession, not solely serving to to search out medication in Framingham, however for quite a few businesses such because the federal Drug Enforcement Company and the MetroWest Drug Taskforce, which is comprised of officers from Framingham, Natick, Ashland and Marlborough.

“Through the years, he efficiently discovered… I do not even know what number of kilos… however giant quantities of narcotics — heroin, fentanyl, meth and amphetamines,” mentioned DeRosa. “He is most likely helped dimension greater than $3.5 million to $4 million over time.”

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DeRosa determined it was time for Cam to retire based mostly on his age, in addition to the truth that Framingham just lately obtained a brand new police canine, Isco, who will quickly bear narcotics detection coaching.

“I had a whole lot of enjoyable doing it,” mentioned DeRosa. “I realized lots about working with Okay-9s. It is nearly time — nearly 10 years is a very long time.”

Cam will dwell out his golden years with DeRosa and his household, which incorporates three different canine. As for DeRosa, he’ll stay a member of the drug unit.

“He is an excellent canine,” DeRosa mentioned of Cam. “I will miss driving round with him.”

Norman Miller might be reached at 508-626-3823 or For up-to-date public security information, observe Norman Miller on Twitter @Norman_MillerMW or on Fb at

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