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Police Committee Pushes for Police Dogs

If the police committee gets its wish, Haverford will add a dog to its force.

Members of the Haverford police committee made a presentation to the Board of Commissioners in favor of adopting a K9 police dog program in the township at the August commissioners meeting.

According to commissioner and police committee member Steve D'Emilio, a K9 unit in Haverford could lead to crimes solved in less time, as well as a more efficient means to finding lost individuals.

“[Our police] do a good job, but we could do better with a K9 unit,” he said. “We’re confident that a K9 unit would be beneficial to Haverford township.”

D’Emilio cited an increase in area burglaries as an area in which a K9 unit could help the town.

“There has been an increase in home invasions and burglaries in Ward 1,” he said. “We believe a K9 unit on location at some of these early break-ins may have lead to faster apprehensions.”

The program would cost approximately $10,000 a year to maintain, a number that police committee-member Chris Connell said is already in the police department’s budget.

Adopting a K9 program would bring Haverford closer to other area police forces, Connell said.

“Many Delaware county police forces, including Newtown Square and Upper Darby, already have these units,” he said. “Lower Merion and Philadelphia have them. The largest and second-largest townships in the state have these units. The fifth-biggest city in the country has dogs.”

The Commissioners took no action after the presentation.

Not On My Street Scumbag August 22, 2012 at 11:01 AM
I have no problem with this. But can someone tell me why they own a quad? I saw a patrolman riding around Manoa school and on the field with this. Is this Baywatch?
Sam Smith August 22, 2012 at 04:51 PM
If it's in the budget you can do it, if it's not then wait till 2013. But folks that's how things work in H Town . Can you say tax increase I mean a big one
Brendan Kelly August 22, 2012 at 06:03 PM
I agree with sam, my taxes better not increase for this. otherwise tell them no.
bigben August 23, 2012 at 09:18 AM
Why does it cost 10K a year for a K9?

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