Donations will allow EPD to get second police dog
EASTON — The Easton Police Department’s K9 program recently received a combined $9,300 donation to expand its program.
Patty and Phil Tindall, president of Lawn Irrigation Systems Inc.; Rodney Spring, president of Spring & Associate, Inc.; and Adam Malinowski, president/owner of Millenium 2 Inc. Auto Glass; were donors to the program. In early February, the Easton Police Department began working on expanding its K9 program.
“The funds to purchase a dog is $9,300, and that is a huge burden that is taken off of us in budgeting and it means a lot to us to be able to receive that donation,” Easton Police Lt. George L. Paugh III said. “We also received two donations for
$9,300 that now amounts to
$18,600, and that is a huge commitment from the community.”
The second dog is expected to be a part of Easton Police Department in spring. Many law enforcement agencies across the globe use police dogs to track suspects, sniff out illegal materials, detect explosives and search buildings. Dogs also are faster and stronger than most humans.
In fact, when introduced to a potential threat, there is no reasoning with a police dog, and they cannot be intimidated. The presence of a police dog can prevent confrontations and injury to both police officers and suspects. A police dog is a valuable and indispensable tool.
With the current opioid epidemic, K-9 teams are in high regard and demand. Maryland is one of the top five states with the highest rates of opioid-related overdose deaths.
“I’m happy to support our law enforcement by helping them to purchase the K9 dog. These dogs not only help find lost children but also can track fugitives and find drugs,” Spring said. “The opioid crisis has impacted our community, and this is another way I can help. These dogs help protect us as well as our police. Our police does a wonderful job on tight budgets, and we at Spring and Associates are happy to help in any way we can.”
“We have four patrol squads, so the goal is to put one K9 dog on each patrol squad,” Paugh said. “That will give us 24-hour coverage, and (they) will be beneficial to other counties. Because, historically, if we don’t have a dog working, we are reaching out to other agencies programs to see if their dog is available to come in to either run a track on some type of case or to scan a car for drugs and search for people.”
If any other community partners would like to donate toward the K9 program, send checks made payable to the Town of Easton with EPD K9 Team in the memo line. Checks may be dropped off at the town office at 14 S. Harrison St. or mailed to Town of Easton, P.O. Box 520, Easton, MD 21601.