SHENANGO, Pa. (WKBN) – The Shenango Township police department is getting $13,000 as part of a grant from the Ben Roethlisberger Foundation.
Sgt. Darrin Cwynar said the money will be used to replace an officer. The Shenango Township Department has been short an officer for a few years, and due to budgeting problems, the department couldn’t rehire one.
But soon, a new, four-legged police officer will join the Shenango Police Department.
“The canines give an ability for drug detection that humans aren’t,” Cwynar said. “They have not only the smell is their major indicator, but it’s much more sensitive than humans.”
Cwynar says the canine offers much more than just drug detection, “Such as a gun or clothing and evidence and so forth, as well as the article searches of humans.”
The department was just rewarded the grant, so the department’s canine instructor will now head to the local kennel in search of the new officer.
“Look at the dogs, give it some drills and so forth to see which type of dog will best suit our department, as well as our canine handler,” Cwynar said.
Cwynar said they are now submitting some final paper work, and the township will soon see its new furry officer in the next couple of months.
The Sharon Police Department also announced that it received $10,000 to go toward getting a police dog.