Do­na­tions will al­low EPD to get sec­ond po­lice dog

Sunday Star - - LOCAL - By CHRISTINA ACOSTA ca­[email protected]­

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.

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