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Community helps put new police K-9 on the force

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LEBANON, Pa. (WHTM) -

He is one of only two police K-9's in Lebanon County and it took a community to get him on the streets.

Apollo, an 18-month-old German shepherd, is the newest member of the Lebanon Police Department. He and his handler, officer Sean Buck, have been training together for about four weeks.

"This is what got me into police work," Buck said. When I was a little kid I wanted to have a dog as a cop, so this is a dream come true for me."

Apollo is learning how to patrol and detect narcotics, among other things.

"We've had great success with dogs, whether it's police-related incidents or drug-related incidents or searching for lost individuals," Police Chief Daniel Wright said. "Plus, they're a great community relations tool."

Apollo has already been sworn-in to the police department, but it took a lot of community effort to get him there.

"A vehicle and a new dog and training is something that's quite expensive and we're very fortunate that the community came together to raise the money," Wright said.

It happened through a series of fundraisers organized by city council member Tony Matula.

"With the community's help it has been 100 percent successful. We are up to $41,000," Matula said. "I understand that if the community's good to you, you should give back, and K-9 units are priceless."

The city's police department is the only in Lebanon County with a K-9 unit. Wright said Apollo will also help serve and protect with the Pennsylvania State Police and other departments in the county.

"It's very rewarding. I can't wait to hit the streets with him," Buck said.

It will be about another week until Apollo and Officer Buck can hit the streets.

Fundraising efforts are ongoing. A cookbook authored by city officials is being sold and are available at the police department.

There will also be a silent auction at Mansion at 5th on Saturday, Dec. 9 from 7-9 p.m. Tickets are being sold at the police department.

 

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