Give Local fundraiser for new narcotics K-9

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The York County Sheriff’s Office K-9s are popular and even have their own coloring book for kids. Friday’s “Give Local York” is looking to raise money to grow the force. 

Captain Dargo with the York County Sheriff’s Office outranks his human handler, Lt. David Godfrey. He, along with his two other four-legged co-workers Captains Hawk and Tommi, all sniff out crime as explosives dogs. 

“Currently in York County, right now we have one narcotics dog in Newberry Township. When you go across the river to Lancaster County, they currently have six narcotics dogs in service,” said Godfrey.

The Rotary Club of York is working to raise $60,000 for the Sheriff’s Office. That would cover the cost of the dog and training. “For Give Local for Rotary Club of York, we decided to raise money to help pay for another K9 dog for the York County Sheriff’s Office for drug detection,” said David Cook, one of the Rotary Club members.

The K-9 would be used to track narcotics working in cooperation with the Sheriff’s Office, the District Attorney’s Office, and the York County Drug Task Force.

“My goal, my hope and my desire is that very shortly we will have another member of the York County Drug Task Force with four legs,” said Dave Sunday, York County District Attorney.

“The drug dealers they also know where people are going to look, and they always try to find a way to beat the humans. When it comes to a dog and a dog’s nose, you’re not going to outsmart them, you’re not going to beat them at the game,” said Godfrey.

The Sheriff’s Office would like to get another German Shepherd, and it could be patrolling on the streets by this fall.

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