LANCASTER CITY POLICE FOUNDATION PURCHASES TWO POLICE K-9’S
The Lancaster City Police Foundation, a 501(c)(3) organization, recently purchased two police K-9’s to supplement the Lancaster City Police Department. In addition to the K-9’s, the Foundation also paid for their training, equipment, outfitting of K-9 police vehicles, and K-9 equipment.
There is a long history of K-9’s being used in law enforcement and military work. K-9’s are police dogs specifically trained to assist law enforcement in their work. The structure of a dog’s nose gives it a sense of smell that is 300,000-500,000 times stronger than the human nose. They can follow a scent trail undetectable to humans and can break down the specific scents. For that reason K-9’s are used to sweep venues for explosives, search buildings for narcotics and apprehend suspects on the run. K-9 partners help officers do their jobs safer, faster and in many cases have saved their lives.
K-9 Axel and Officer Steven Alexander
K-9 Axel is an 18-month old German Shepherd/Belgian Malinois bred in Slovakia. He received training in patrol work (tracking, area searches, bite work, obedience and handler protection). He likes tennis balls and getting his head scratched, but dislikes elevator rides and lawn mowers.
Officer Steven Alexander is a 3 year veteran of the Lancaster City Police. A Lancaster native, he served for 4 years in the United States Marine Corps and is a combat veteran having served in Afghanistan in 2010. Officer Alexander is assigned to A Platoon.
K-9 Wodan and Officer Ben Bradley
K-9 Wodan is 18 month-old Belgian Malinois bred in The Netherlands. He is currently trained in patrol work (tracking, area searches, bite work, obedience and handler protection) and will attend additional training later this month in explosives detection. Upon completion of this training Wodan will be the second K-9 in Lancaster County trained in this type of work.
Officer Ben Bradley is an 8 year veteran of the Lancaster City Police. Assigned to the Patrol Division he is active with the departments Crash Investigation Team, DUI enforcement and the Lancaster County Special Emergency Response Team (SERT). Officer Bradley is a graduate of West Chester University. Officer Bradley is currently assigned to B Platoon.
Belgian Malinois are considered one of the most intelligent breeds of dogs, are very energetic, can have a lot of drive, and be very loyal and affectionate to their pack. They are typically protective of their pack and can be very agile and fast for a dog their size. The Belgian Malinois is also one of the most versatile breeds. They can excel in protection work, obedience, herding, tracking, agility, carting, search and rescue, police and military work, detection, as well as many dog sports including disc dog, dock diving, fly ball, and so on.
The Lancaster City Police Foundation is an independent charitable non-profit corporation formed on September 11, 2003. The Foundation’s purpose is to promote a safe environment and neighborhood for the residents, workers and visitors of Lancaster, PA. Its objectives are to enhance the services of the Lancaster City Police Department and work with the Police to:
• Promote civic spirit in support of public safety and security
• Enhance public awareness of safety issues (such as parent watch, neighborhood watch, theft prevention, bicycle safety, seat belt use)
• Raise funds to provide equipment to make Police work safer and more effective (such as Kevlar vests, communications equipment, patrol bicycles, K-9’s, etc.)
• Educate children and young adults about safety issues in schools and other local settings