By Gabriella Gage
CONCORD, Mass. — In 1999, Concord Police officer Sylvia Toumayan found a way to combine her passion for canine training with her dedication to helping fellow citizens as an officer of the law.
For years Toumayan had dreamt of starting Concord’s first K-9 program because of the potential benefits she envisioned to the department and community. “I always had the golden aspiration of being a K-9 officer,” said Toumayan.
Toumayan single-handedly founded the program after training and preparing the first K-9 named, Pativ, which in Armenian means “honor.”
Years later, the K-9 unit of the Concord Police has proven to be a huge success and has inspired other local communities to work with K-9s.