On­line votes could bring grant to po­lice

The Mercury (Pottstown, PA) - - FRONT PAGE - By Mar­ian Den­nis mden­nis@21st-cen­tu­ry­media. com @Mar­i­anDen­nis1 on Twit­ter

With help from the pub­lic, Lim­er­ick Po­lice could re­ceive up to $5,000 in grant money for the K-9 Unit.

LIM­ER­ICK » Lim­er­ick Po­lice were re­cently nom­i­nated for a K-9 grant and with some help from the pub­lic, they could re­ceive up to $5,000.

Lim­er­ick Po­lice said they were re­cently nom­i­nated for the an­nual Af­ter­math K-9 Grant, a grant that helps sup­port K-9 units and lo­cal law en­force­ment through­out the U.S. Af­ter­math, a provider of trauma clean­ing and bio­haz­ard re­me­di­a­tion, of­fers grants rang­ing from $1,000 for the depart­ment in fifth place all the way to $5,000 for the depart­ment that is voted in first place.

The grants can be used for ex­ist­ing or prospec­tive K-9 pro­grams for main­te­nance, safety equip­ment or of­fi­cer train­ing, ac­cord­ing to their web­site. Of­fi­cers and com­mu­nity mem­bers nom­i­nate and vote for lo­cal de­part­ments; the top five de­part­ments with the most votes will be awarded grants.

“We have one K-9 right now and we are look­ing to pos­si­bly put a sec­ond one on but it re­mains to be seen. Should we be for­tu­nate enough to win, it would be to sup­port the unit to cover equip­ment, vet bills, train­ing, or if we’re able to get an­other dog. Ba­si­cally it would just be to fund the K-9 unit as we see fit,” ex­plained Lt. Mata­lavage with Lim­er­ick Po­lice.

Lim­er­ick Po­lice Depart­ment’s K-9 unit was ob­tained through the South­east PA Ter­ror­ism Task Force. The K-9 unit has since been sus­tained through do­na­tions from pri­vate bene­fac­tors, ac­cord­ing to the Lim­er­ick Po­lice web­site.

The depart­ment is now ask­ing for the pub­lic’s votes to help in­crease their chances of re­ceiv­ing a grant.

“It’s open to de­part­ments na­tion­wide so it’s a tall task. It’s go­ing to be de­ter­mined by the amount of votes we re­ceive and hope­fully we’ll fin­ish in one of those spots,” said Mata­lavage.

To vote for Lim­er­ick Po­lice Depart­ment, visit www.af­ter­math.com/k9­grant and select Lim­er­ick Town­ship Po­lice Depart­ment from the drop-down menu at the mid­dle of the page. Vot­ers will then be prompted to en­ter their first and last name and an email ad­dress. In­di­vid­u­als can vote once per day un­til Nov. 7.

Votes will be tab­u­lated on Nov. 10 to de­ter­mine the win­ners.

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