About Matthew Zarrella
Matthew Zarrella is a
24 year veteran with the Rhode Island State Police and has been involved in
Search & Rescue and K9 training since 1991. He is also a K9 trainer
for the Rhode Island State Police and developed their first search and rescue K9
program. During Matt's tenure as a Rhode
Island trooper, he has handled and trained K9 teams in human remains detection, wilderness, disaster,
water, trailing, and article Search. Matt created the first Canine Search
& Rescue standards for the Rhode Island State Police and the State of Rhode
schools, seminars and workshops and consults with law enforcement agencies on
missing persons cases. Matt has conducted missing person's searches for
local, state and federal law enforcement agencies, as well as the United States
Peace Corps, and the United States Military. Matt has traveled to
different parts of the world to work on cases with his canines looking for
missing persons and military personnel still listed as missing in action.
He has conducted searches in various parts of the United States and in the
countries of Vietnam, Columbia, and Bolivia.
Matt started Task
Force II, Rhode Island's first all volunteer Search & Rescue Dog
Program. TF-2 is a team of teams consisting of various, all volunteer K9
and ground search teams whose mission is to assist the Rhode Island State
Police on missing persons searches state-wide.
Matt started Rhode
Island's first K9 Disaster Search Team (USAR) and trained some of the first
K9's to become certified in Type I Disaster Search.
Matt is a search
manager for the State of Rhode Island and a Master Trainer for the
International Police Work Dog Association (IPWDA) in Search & Rescue and currently handles an explosive detection canine.