Police dogs a family tradition in Raynham

Pacheco is the Raynham Police Department’s K-9 officer, a position that his father had established in the department years before.

RAYNHAM – Officer Frank Pacheco was in the dense woods searching for a suspect on the run.

He could not see in the dark night and had no idea where the possibly armed suspect was.

He had to put all of his trust in his partner, Kyro, who led the way.

“The bond between us is strong,” Pacheco said. “I don’t speak his language and he doesn’t speak mine, but we understand each other.”

Pacheco gripped the leash as Kyro used his scent, sight and hearing to navigate.

“When you put your life in a dog’s ability, it’s humbling,” Pacheco said.

Pacheco is the Raynham Police Department’s K-9 officer, a position that his father held as the department’s first K-9 officer nearly 40 years prior.

“I always knew this is what I wanted to do,” Pacheco said. “Ever since I heard all of my dad’s stories, I knew that’s what I wanted.”

Pacheco’s dad, Louis Pacheco, was a longtime Raynham police officer, serving as a patrolman, K-9 officer, sergeant, and eventually, chief.

Before Louis, the Police Department did not have a K-9 unit.

“We needed one,” Louis said. “The closest one to us was in Stoughton.”

With research, training and a dog, Louis became the department’s first K-9 officer in 1978. During his time as a K-9 officer, he and his K-9 chased down criminals, located missing people and were even part of the search for Mary-Lou Arruda.

“Out of all of the positions I had in the Police Department, being a K-9 officer was the best one,” Louis said. “People don’t understand the unbreakable bond an officer and his K-9 have.”

A bond that Frank had witnessed over the years and now has with his partner Kyro.

“You feed them before you eat,” Frank said. “When I first got Kyro, I slept on the couch with him every night for months so he would feel comfortable with me.”

Kyro is a 5-year-old black German shepherd and has been Frank’s partner for two years.

Along with doing searches for suspects, missing people, possible shooters, bombs and drugs in Raynham and surrounding towns, they are also part of the South Eastern Massachusetts Law Enforcement Council where they work with the SWAT team.

“He is one of the best dogs I have seen in action,” Louis said.

“Sometimes, I will look at a place he leads me to, that has thorns and so many bushes that I think there is no way the suspect ran into there, they wouldn’t be able to,” Frank said. “At first, I think maybe Kyro is wrong, but have to shut off my human brain and trust the dog and his abilities, because usually he is right.”

Raynham also has a second K-9, Bear, who is owned by the Police Chief James Donovan.

Along with being partners, Kyro is also a part of Frank’s family.

“At home, he is very relaxed and playful,” Frank said. “He lets my 2-year-old daughter sit on him and even opens his mouth. He is gentle with her.”

“But as soon as he gets in the cruiser, he knows it is time to go to work and get serious,” Frank said.

Sara Cline may be reached at scline@enterprisenews.com.

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