The West Chester Township Board of Trustees approved the purchase of a canine for the West Chester Police Department during its public meeting Tuesday, June 14. The purchase will cost the township $15,000.
Once the new police dog joins the force, the West Chester Police Department will be equipped with four canines.
“We try to have at least one dog working around the clock,” West Chester Township Assistant Police Chief David Kelly said. “We have monitored and studied our crime data and we try to schedule our dogs accordingly. We have discovered that four is the optimal number to try to meet the needs of the community.”
It is not known when the police department will receive its newest member, but the board’s approval of the purchase initiated the process of acquiring the police dog. John Haller’s Top Dogs Police Canine Academy is now responsible for providing a police dog that fits the West Chester Police Department’s needs and requirements.
In late May, the West Chester Police Department lost one of its canines. Alex, who was a six-year-old German shepherd, suddenly showed discomfort one night and was taken to the veterinary clinic. At the clinic that night, Alex underwent exploratory surgery and it was discovered that he had cancer.
“He was a wonderful dog. He patrolled the streets like the other three did and, unfortunately, he went rather quickly … it was a great loss,” Kelly said.
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