Bank do­na­tion sup­ports K9 unit

Times Chronicle & Public Spirit - - FRONT PAGE - By Rob Hey­man

HATBORO >>

Fundrais­ing ef­forts to sup­port Hatboro’s new K9 unit got a boost from Hatboro Fed­eral Sav­ings bank re­cently.

The bank, which is a part­ner in the fundrais­ing ef­fort, made its own $5,000 do­na­tion, with a for­mal check pre­sen­ta­tion held at the bor­ough coun­cil’s Nov. 5 meet­ing. The bor­ough is in the process of rais­ing money pri­vately to fully fund the pur­chase of its new po­lice dog Louie, as well as his work and care as the new­est mem­ber of the po­lice depart­ment.

The bor­ough has also set up a GoFundMe page for mem­bers of the com­mu­nity who are in­ter­ested in do­nat­ing to the ef-

fort. A goal of $40,000 has been set, which it hopes to achieve by next Fe­bru­ary. The bor­ough has re­ceived about $1,300 through GoFundMe. In to­tal so far, the

bor­ough has raised $11,000 for the ca­nine pro­gram.

The bor­ough pur­chased Louie, an 8-month-old Ger­man Shep­herd, not long af­ter an­nounc­ing in Oc­to­ber that it was mov­ing for­ward with the K9 pro­gram. Given new de­vel­op­ment and pop­u­la­tion growth in the bor­ough, of­fi­cials say the dog

will pro­vide an in­valu­able crime-fight­ing tool. Louie also will serve as an am­bas­sador to help strengthen pub­lic re­la­tions be­tween the com­mu­nity and law en­force­ment in the bor­ough.

Louie’s care­taker in the po­lice depart­ment is of­fi­cer Ryan Allen, who will not only work with Louie

but take care of him at home. Allen has been mem­ber of the depart­ment since 2013.

Hatboro sought to fund the K9 pro­gram through pri­vate dona­tions to avoid any tax bur­den on the res­i­dents. This comes at a time when Hatboro is in the process of com­plet­ing next year’s mu­nic­i­pal bud­get. The spend­ing plan re­ceived pre­lim­i­nary ap­proval on Nov. 5, with a fi­nal vote ex­pected next month.

Louie will be­gin work­ing for the depart­ment in a lim­ited ca­pac­ity start­ing next sum­mer, Mayor Nancy Guenst said. He will first go through “scent school” be­gin­ning in March. Next fall, he and of­fi­cer Ryan will en­ter “pa­trol school,” which lasts about six weeks. Af­ter­ward, he will start work in the po­lice depart­ment full time, she said.

Any­one in­ter­ested in do­nat­ing to the K9 pro­gram through GoFundMe can visit the site at gofundme. com/hat­borok9.

ROB HEY­MAN — FOR DIG­I­TAL FIRST ME­DIA

Linda Roehner, pres­i­dent of Hatboro Fed­eral Sav­ings, sec­ond from right, presents the banks $5,000 do­na­tion for the K9 pro­gram to, from left, Of­fi­cer Ryan Allen, Chief James Gard­ner and Mayor Nancy Guenst.

SUB­MIT­TED PHOTO — HATBORO BOR­OUGH

Louie will be the first mem­ber of Hatboro’s K9 pro­gram.

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