K-9 unit to benefit from those swinging 9-irons

This golf outing supports a doggone great cause, according to Chester County Sheriff Carolyn “Bunny” Welsh.

Melody, a stress-busting dog, is the latest addition to the Chester County Sheriff's K-9 Unit.

Melody, a stress-busting dog, is the latest addition to the Chester County Sheriff's K-9 Unit.

Welsh said that the Chester County Sheriff’s Office is holding its 23rd Annual Sheriff’s Community Golf Classic on Monday, May 9, at the Downingtown Country Club golf course. The proceeds of the golf classic support the community work of the sheriff’s K-9 unit.

“We are pleased to work with law enforcement in Chester County and beyond,” Welsh said in a press release. “Our K-9s have proven to be a valuable asset and an excellent resource to all law enforcement agencies.

“The newest addition to the team is Melody, a comfort dog for the courts. “Melody has become an important part of caring for our citizens, particularly children, who are under stress and often distraught during court proceedings,” Welsh said in the release, adding that Melody makes traumatic and emotional situations much easier to handle.

In 2006, Chester County Sheriff’s Office K-9 Unit was established to serve the citizens and assist law enforcement, including working in the court system. The nine K-9 teams have utilized their specialized skills in all county-owned facilities and have contributed to the safety of citizens and county employees. The teams are all trained in tracking and in detecting bombs and explosives, drugs, accelerants, and cadavers.

The K-9 teams are able to respond to requests for assistance in every area in the county without concern for jurisdictional authority. County sheriff’s deputies have full enforcement powers anywhere within the county.

“Our K-9 services have been recognized for their professionalism and efficiency, which has resulted in their services being requested by numerous townships, county, state and federal agencies,” Welsh said in the release.

In previous years, the golf outing has raised funds for various other community programs, including DARE and other safety initiatives. For more information on the Sheriff’s Community Golf Classic Golf Classic, contact Welsh at cwelsh@chesco.org.


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