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Haverford Police Welcome K9 Cop Nitro to the Force

The German Shepherd/Belgian Malinois mix will work with officer Mark Semerad.

To combat rising crime in the township, the Haverford Police force has added a K9 unit to the force, the Main Line Times is reporting.

Nitro, a year-old German Shepherd/Belgian Malinois mix will work with 18-year veteran officer Mark Semerad. The K9 is trained to assist police in drug detection as well as day-to-day patrol work.

Haverford Police chief Carmen Pettine told the paper that the use of police dogs is becoming increasingly prevalent.

“K9s are one of the fastest growing tools for police...A well-planned K9 program can...save manpower and provide a safer environment for officers to operate in, thereby providing a safer community,” Pettine said.

The dog was purchase for $16,000 and is the first of four K9s the township expects to add to its police force before the end of 2013.

Read the full story here.

Robert December 12, 2012 at 03:12 PM
what a waste if taxpayer money.
JEFFREY December 13, 2012 at 03:30 AM
It won't be a waste of money if the life he saves is yours. Better think twice before making uninformed statements. I'm sure you don't want to come off as an "ignorant" person. $16,000 is a great price for a trained drug police dog. I won't tell Nitro you think he is a waste of money. We don't want to start off on a bad foot. Nitro may hold it against you for years, if he knew. Happy Holiday.
JEFFREY December 13, 2012 at 04:00 AM
Congrats to Haverford Township Police. I just know Officer Semerad will make Nitro a great partner in protecting each other and the township. Can't wait to meet Officer Semerad and Nitro. Till then, Mark, give Nitro a big kiss and hug for me. I had a boxer when I was a kid and he saved my life when he intercepted in mid air a giant dog which was attacking me. Rex was a real hero many many times in his 13 years with me. Now, I have Rosie, another pure bred boxer who is the joy of my life (immediate family included). We all enjoy our safety net with her. She is trained to guard us and our house and even sleeps with us in bed. She does have her own bed, which she uses most of the night, but enjoys watching TV in my bed with me. So enjoy your new companion, Mark, and you'll both do very well together. I don't want to hear that Nitro was passed over for promotion when the time comes. Dogs move up in rank very quickly. Who knows, in several years, Nitro may even make sergeant then Lt. and maybe eventually make chief. It wouldn't surprise me one bit.
MerionManor December 13, 2012 at 04:33 PM
Robert, you are correct, Havertown has no justifiable need for this type of wasted money. Sure this dog might save lives but so can other equipment a small town like havertown has no business purchasing! I pay over 11K in property taxes here in Havertown and I am sorry to say some of that money is going to the dogs!
Lin Ciotti December 13, 2012 at 06:24 PM
Welcome Nitro !!!
JEFFREY December 13, 2012 at 09:26 PM
TO MERION MANOR: If you think Haverford Township is a small township, think again. It is one of the larger townships in the State, let alone Delaware County. And, if you think that there is better equipment that can chase a rapist or burglar and hold them till the police catch up to them, you are sadly mistaken, How fast can you run? So you don't think that saving lives is worth the money, then I hope you are the first test case and loose. You sound like a very UNGRATEFUL person. I feel sorry for you. I'll say a prayer for you that you don't end up in front of a rapist or burglar. I have a feeling it won't help you, but I'll do it anyway. Not to mention the safety of the ensuing police officer is at stake and can you sniff out drugs? I didn't think so.
brynmawrfence@aol.com December 14, 2012 at 03:51 AM
Welcome to the Township Nitro ! Jim F
BARBARA MAGRO December 14, 2012 at 05:19 PM
K-9 UNITS ARE NOT WASTEFUL. THEY ARE SO VERY HELPFUL TO OUR POLICE PERSONNEL. I WAS BORN AND RAISED IN HAVERTOWN BUT MOVED UP TO WHITEHALL IN 1975. WE HAVE HAD TWO K-9 OFFICERS FOR ALMOST 20 YEARS. WE HAVE TWO MALLS AND MANY STRIP MALLS ALONG RT. 145, MAC ARTHUR RD. THESE K-9 UNITS HAVE SAVED MANY POLICE HOURS TRACKING DOWN ACTORS. NO ONE OUT RUNS A SHEPHERD. OUR OFFICER VITUS IS ALSO A DRUG SNIFFING DOG OUR OTHER K-9 OFFICER IS A BOMB DOG. THEY HAVE BEEN USED IN OUR HIGH SCHOOL CHECKING FOR DRUGS, AND BOMBS (KIDS CALL IN BOMB THREATS AS A JOKE.) IN THEIR OFF TIME THEY ARE IN THEIR HANDLERS HOMES WITH THE OFFICERS CHILDREN. THEY ALSO VISIT CRIME WATCH MEETINGS AND THE GRADE SCHOOLS. I AM ENVIOUS THAT HAVERTOWN IS GETTING FOUR K-9 OFFICERS. OUR POPULATION WAS 25,000 IN 1995 FOR 13.2 SQUARE MILES OF OUR TOWNSHIP BUT WE HAVE HAD AN INFLUX OF PEOPLE FROM N.J. AND N.Y. SO IT HAD MORE THAN LIKELY GROWN BY 1000,S. WE HAVE LET OUR K-9 UNITS TO OTHER TOWNSHIPS WHEN NEEDED. I BELIEVE THEY HAVE TRAVELED AS FAR AS DOWN HAVERTOWN WAY. I CONGRATULATE OFFICER SEMERAD AND CHIEF PETTINE. WELCOME OFFICER NITRO.
thomas smith January 24, 2013 at 03:24 AM
Idiots make fun of people who put up motion detection lights Maybe if they did their jobs no one would have to use them. They appear to hate anyone who is smarter than they are (almost the entire population of the world) and enjoy bullying single woman. They butt kiss anyone who works for the township no matter how crazy they are. The township workers can destroy your property and lie about you and the police officers take their side no questions asked. The dispatchers are a bunch of comedians. Funny if you are age 5 or under. The maturity level of most force members is questionable also. Oh yeah they seem to LOVE squirrels. Throw some nuts into their squad cars and that way they can take them home.The only thing they will use these dogs for is to threaten people that township workers do not like. They spend most of their time doing that Hope that million dollar law suit goes thru I'd rather my tax dollars be spent on that instead of these dogs HTPD is so stupid the dogs will serve no purpose at all.

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