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Falls Police to Add New K-9 with Help from Local Businesses

Seven Falls Township businesses chipped in $7,000 needed to purchase a replacement K-9 for the Falls Township Police Department.

The Board of Supervisors, during its February meeting, approved the K-9 purchase, as well as the cost of four new patrol units and a replacement for a vehicle damaged in a crash. The vehicle costs were included in the Township’s 2017 budget. The Township’s insurance company paid Falls $34,888 for the wrecked vehicle and a 2017 Ford Explorer will be purchased in its place for $33,669.24.

The K-9, Ziko, will be purchased from Greenleaf Kennels, which breeds German Shepherd dogs. The dog will begin training in March.

In terms of the old police vehicles, Chief William Wilcox told the Supervisors that they would be recycled through the police department.

“We absolutely get the most bang for the buck out of these cars,” he said. “We get our money’s worth.”

Wilcox said the Township’s mechanics would work on the vehicles to give them a new life.

In other police-related news, Wilcox shared that the department is considering doing an hour-long Facebook question and answer session with residents once per month.

The Chief also warned about social media and mail delivery scams and urged the community to be cautious.

Wilcox shared that he has heard of nearby instances where people have been extorted into paying money to keep videos and social media happenings from being made public. He also said that a scam involving the delivery of unwanted iPhones is hitting the area. Residents are receiving phone deliveries even though cell phones have not been ordered. When people are not home for the deliveries, phones are being taken from drop-off spots outside of the home. Following deliveries when a person is home, individuals are reportedly going to the residence and relaying that the phone was shipped to them in error and asking that the phone be given back.


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