July 16, 2018

New K9s join SARPD

Bendix, left, and Koda

EAST STROUDSBURG - The Stroudsburg Area Police Department welcomed two new K9’s to the police department.

K9 Koda is an 18-month-old Malinois from Holland and his handler is Officer Robert Breitfeller.

K9 Bendix is a 36-month-old Malinois from Holland and his handler is Officer Michael Sampere.

Both joined the SARPD approximately 3 months ago completed an intense 8+ week training program, receiveingtheir full national certifications in narcotics and patrol, which includes tracking, building searches and apprehension of criminals.

This K9 program would not have been possible without the dedicated support from our awesome community, which raised over $160,000 to restart the program.  Every person that donated made this program possible. All the money raised made it possible for us to purchase and train two K9 dogs, purchase specially outfitted vehicles for the K9’s and all related equipment.

The ESSA Foundation, the Pocono Kennel Club and Haltermans for their generous donations in supporting the SARPD K9 program.

Melons Gifts and the Monroe County Animal League are also donating 2 bullet proof vests for Koda and Bendix.

The SARPD K9 program will be an important and valuable tool for battling drug issues in the community. The K9s will also be used for tracking, building searches, criminal apprehension, keeping officers safe and community interaction and involvement. The new Officer's "hit the streets" this week.


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