Officer Macchia and K9 Tyro honored for police service to community

Officer Michael Macchia and K9 Officer Tyro have been honored as the officers of the month. Tyro is retiring from the GPD and will now be part of the Macchia family.

Officer Michael Macchia and K9 Officer Tyro have been honored as the officers of the month. Tyro is retiring from the GPD and will now be part of the Macchia family.

After years of dedicated service, Greenwich Police Department K9 Officer Tyro is retiring with high honors.

Tyro, a police dog who has served with the GPD, finished up his police career this past week and does it with the Officer of the Month honors for December. Of course there might have been some help from Tyro’s human partner as well and Officer Michael Macchia is also being honored with the Officer of the Month award as Chief of Police Heavey thanked them both for their meritorious service.

The K9 office position is not an easy one as it requires special training and frequent use in criminal investigations and emergencies. According to the GPD, the position of K9 officer is highly competitive and extremely coveted.

“The effectiveness of the K9 Team is a force multiplier within the department and is in constant demand for their unique services,” the GPD said in a press release announcing the honors for Officer Macchia and Tyro. “The K9 Team is often called upon at any hour of the day seven days a week regardless of the weather or holiday. A handler has to provide continuous care and training to their partner in order to maintain rigid certifications. The position has a daily intensity level which few outsiders can understand.”

Officer Macchia and Tyro have been partners for the past seven years and have been involved in numerous high risk incidents both in Greenwich and around Connecticut. They have frequently worked with the State Police and the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration during dangerous narcotics searches and arrests. But Tyro has not just been a big part of the department’s criminal investigations. He has also been a critical part of both outreach and missing person investigations.

“They have also been an essential element of the Police Department’s outreach to the community by conducting school talks and public demonstrations,” the GPD said. “The K9 team has also been deployed for their ability to locate lost children or endangered adults.

Fortunately even though Tyro is receiving a well-deserved retirement, this is not the end of his partnership with Officer Macchia. He will be joining the Macchia family, where there is already a well-established bond. Tyro’s service earned him the praise of Chief Heavey too.

“Every police officer has a multifaceted role in the community which is much more than just law enforcement,” Chief Heavey said. “Police officers are peace keepers, mentors, first responders and community caretakers. Tyro, in the capable hands of Officer Macchia, has been an important part of fulfilling those diverse goals. Upon the well-deserved retirement of Canine Tyro, they are both commended for their loyal and faithful service to the community.”

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