The K9 Unit
The Village of Mamaroneck Police Department’s K9 program was started in April 2006 and proudly continues to this day. The department’s first K9 Team was Police Officer Frank Maresca and his K9 partner Neal. K9 Neal was a German Shepard who was imported from Belgium. He was trained in both narcotics detection and patrol operations, which includes building and article searches, tracking, criminal apprehension, and handler protection. K9 Neal continued to work until his passing in September 2014. Police Officer Maresca, now Detective Maresca, continues to serve the department. He is assigned to the Investigations Divisions and is responsible for the investigation of both youth and domestic violence incidents.
Today, the department’s K9 Unit is staffed by Police Officer Ozzie Ramos and his K9 partner Vincent. K9 Vincent is a Belgian Malinois was imported from the Netherlands in 2016. He, like K9 Neal, is a dual-purpose dog, trained in both narcotics detection and patrol operations
Police Officer Ramos and K9 are deployed during narcotic investigations and traffic stops where there is probable cause to believe that narcotics are concealed within a vehicle. They also assist with calls for service regarding missing persons or wanted suspects.