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Washington Township briefs

June 08, 2010|By JENNIFER FITCH

Editor's note: This story was edited June 9, 2010, to correct the name of the organization that donated $500 toward the acquisition of a police dog.

Township supervisors to apply for COPS grant



WAYNESBORO, Pa. - The Washington Township (Pa.) Supervisors will apply for a Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) grant they were denied in 2009.

Township Manager Mike Christopher on Monday asked the supervisors for permission to complete the paperwork and obtain necessary signatures. The application will be for more than $200,000 through the Department of Justice.

The grant would pay an officer's salary and benefits for three years, Christopher said.

The City of Martinsburg, W.Va., was awarded $357,074 from the COPS program last year, while applicants from Franklin County, Pa., lost their bids, according to published reports.

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Christopher said the supervisors did not fill two full-time vacancies within the township police department, which currently has 14 full-time officers, including the police chief.

Owls Club donates money toward getting K-9



WAYNESBORO, Pa. - The Order of the Owls Nest 1073 in Waynesboro has donated $500 for Washington Township, Pa., to acquire a trained police dog, Township Manager Mike Christopher said Monday.

That donation brings the total contributions to $850, he said.

Christopher told the township supervisors that he and Police Chief Barry Keller will continue to look for grants to cover portions of the anticipated $15,000 in first-year costs.

The supervisors have taken no action to acquire a dog.

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