By MIKENNA LEHANE
Special to the Advocate
A Mount Joy Borough police officer proposed reinstating a K-9 unit to the police force.
Officer Daniel M. Gordon made a presentation about police dogs to the Mount Joy Borough Council at its meeting on Monday, Sept. 9.
Several points during the presentation were explained of the purpose of using K-9s would be to have the dogs detect different drugs, ensure the safety of human officers and to track missing people, including people with dementia who have wandered off. Other uses are to pursue culprits, clear buildings, locker searches and community policing. If approved, dogs will go through a 12-week training program and then another four-week training course with their assigned officer. Every year the handler and dog will be re-examined. The handler takes on all responsibility for the K-9 in terms of housing, care, and training.
“To have a young and proactive team would only benefit the borough and combat against any problems that an officer might face day to day out in the field. There will always be a need for a K-9 to increase safety within a community.” Gordon said.
This was stressed to be only the beginning stages of the proposal that no decisions would be made during the meeting that finances including training and customized vehicles that will be needed to accommodate the K-9s, as well as further discussion would have been done to be able to reach a decision in the future.
In another matter, the board approved a motion about the re-routing of Route 772. Currently, the state highway enters the borough from the south on Marietta Avenue, which goes northeast, then makes a sharp turn to double back and go west on Main Street for a short distance before going north on Manheim Street to the borough limits.
Under a motion approved by the Public Safety Committee, Borough Manager Samuel Sulkosky is to ask the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation to have Route 772 enter the borough from the south on Union School Road, then follow Angle Street north until It reaches Main Street, then take Main Street east until
it gets to Manheim Street, after which it would follow its current route to the northern borough limits.
If adopted, the new route of Route 772 would not require designating any new state roads. Union School Road and the portion of Angle Street south of Main Street are state Route 4015. These four-digit routes are marked with small signs, so many drivers might not realize that they are state-maintained roads and not borough streets.
Under the Public Works Committee, an ordinance about sidewalk exemptions was examined in deciding where to implement sidewalks and where not to. Mayor Timothy Bradley Jr. said it comes down to common sense as to where sidewalks are needed and where they are not. Chairman Joshua Deering suggested that as each street comes up to be curbed that the council give further insight into the decision as it is encountered.
Also at the meeting, Chief of Police Maurice M. Williams Jr. mentioned that during the month of October their police patches will be pink to represent breast cancer awareness month. Members of the community can purchase a pink patch as well for $10 and can be picked up at the police station. The proceeds made will be given towards breast cancer research.
The next meeting is scheduled for 7 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 7.