Radnor Township police to add two canine officers
RADNOR Radnor Township police will soon be adding two new members to their force - bomb dogs.
The two male German Shepherds - 11 and 14 months - are in training classes in Philadelphia and are expected to join the force full-time in about three months, said Lt. Christopher Flanagan of the Radnor police.
The canine officers will have a hybrid speciality of patrol dog and bomb dog, Flanagan said. Police expect the pair will be useful for routine bomb checks at local colleges and other buildings as well as the two or three bomb scares called into the township office each year.
On Saturday, a fund-raising benefit will be held from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Flip and Bailey's Bar and Grill at 900 Conestoga Road in Bryn Mawr to raise money for the dogs. The cost of the tickets, which can be purchased in advance at the township building or at the door, is $25. Food will be provided, and a silent auction is scheduled.
The department has a initial fund-raising goal of $150,000 that will include specially equipped vehicles for the dogs, insurance, training, and veterinary care.
Donations can be sent to the Radnor Police K9 Fund, 301 Iven Avenue, Wayne, Pa. 19087.
- Mari A. Schaefer