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Thursday, June 26, 2014

Blek's here!

Ligonier Township's K-9 unit was formed 12 years ago, Eslary said, and it is run entirely on donations and grants. Blek was called on 151 incidents last year and has fielded 76 calls this year. The dog's “best forte is tracking,” Eslary said. “His abilities are out of this world.”
Blek helps to uncover evidence, aids searches for missing people and assists with crowd control.
“There's nothing like it during Fort Days when you have a big brawl in front of the (Wicked) Googly, and the dog gets out and he's walking down the street,” Wynkoop said. “It's like Moses spreading the water.”
Eslary and Blek help out with random searches at schools throughout Westmoreland County and the team recently started random drug searches at Arnold Palmer Regional Airport in Unity.
“When I go into the schools, it kind of sends a chill down your spine when you walk in and a little kid says, ‘Blek's here! Blek's here!” Eslary said. “We've established a relationship with the kids in our schools now. We want them to feel comfortable with the police presence in our schools just because of the way things are going in our society now.”

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