Hanover Twp. purchases new police dog

HANOVER TWP. -- A new police dog will soon be patrolling township streets.

Commissioners at Monday night’s meeting unanimously approved purchasing the German shepherd through North East K-9 Academy LLC. The K-9 will be replacing the township’s past patrol dog, Ricky, who retired in July.

“The patrol dogs are a valuable asset,” said police Chief Albert Walker. “We hope to have him in the department some time in November.”

The K-9 and his handler will attend a six-week training academy in which they will be instructed in patrol and drug-search tactics before returning to the township. The total cost for the dog and training program is $10,500, said Walker.

On a sad note, the commissioners said another of the township’s past police dogs, Zeke, recently passed away.

In other business, the commissioners:

• approved a motion to request a streetlight be installed at 174 Boland Ave.

• approved a motion to allow the crew of ladder truck No. 4 to attend the 2009 State Fire Convention in King of Prussia on Sept. 26.

• decided to allow the Preston Hose Co. to use the firehouse for a barbecue chicken fundraiser noon-5 p.m. Sunday.

• donated $5,000 to the fire department for the purchase of a thermal imaging camera.

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