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K-9 Officer Santi joins Swatara Township Police Department

The new K-9 will train to become a patrol dog specializing in narcotics detection, the department says
Credit: Swatara Township Police

DAUPHIN COUNTY, Pa. — The Swatara Police Department announced Friday that a new member is joining the force: K-9 Officer Santi.

Working alongside his partner, Officer Chris Smith, Santi is the third K-9 officer to join the Swatara Police Department. 

"Santi" means "peace" in Nepalese, the department said. 

The one-year-old officer will be trained as a patrol dog specializing in narcotics detection, the department said. After completing his five-week training academy, Santi will join the department full-time.

The Swatara Police Department's K-9 Unit is funded through grants, donations, and fundraising events, the department said.

If you would like to make a donation to the K-9 division please email Cpl. Brandon Pokrop at bpokrop@swatarapolice.org or call 717-564-2550.