Rostraver Township K9 Program
The K-9 Program was re-implemented at the Rostraver Township Police Department after consideration into recent events pertaining to search warrants executed for drugs, drug sales, and violent crimes. This program enables the police department to continue with a proactive canine program that promotes community outreach, public education, visible deterrence, enforcement and officer safety. Generous contributions and the community involvement from the Rostraver Township residents and businesses help to get this K-9 Program started.
The following people were instrumental in getting the K-9 Program on its way in Rostraver Township:
Mrs. Allison Tucker and Dr. Charles Tucker (submitted a grant recommendation through The Pittsburgh Foundation from the Charles P. and Allison C. Tucker Family Fund)
Mr. Casey Harper (2017 Ford Explorer)
Anonymous Township Resident (Ballistic/Stab Resistant Vest for Dog)
Belle Vernon Rotary (Monetary)
Anonymous Township Resident (Monetary)
Big’s Trucking & Sanitation (Monetary)
Saving Grace Defibrillators (Monetary)
Mr. Daniel McCartan (Monetary)
Thomas Nega Drug-Free Lifestyle Grant ($2,000.00)
Tractor Supply (dog food for the duty life of the dog)
Valley Veterinary (cost effective veterinary care)
Merial Company (Preventative Flea & Tick, Heart Worm)
Candelore’s Barking Beauties (Complimentary grooming and S’Paw Days)
The Gun Rack (Remington Model 870 Patrol Shotgun)
Belle Vernon Cemetery Association
Each of the donators had a special role in the start up of the K-9 Program. For instance the vehicle must include emergency lighting, a containment system for the dog, a modern heat defense system for protection in the summer months and an automatic door pop system which permits the handler to remotely allow egress of the dog in critical situations. Also needed was a ballistic/stab resistant vest for the dog. The Rostraver Township Police Department is very grateful for all the support from our residents, businesses, Board of Commissioners, Civil Service Commission, colleagues, and all who contributed to the K-9 Program.
Officer Joseph Spinola & K-9 Officer Duvall
K-9 Officer Duvall is the fifth K-9 to serve Rostraver Township since the inception of the police department. Officer Duvall was imported from the Netherlands with Dutch being the language he associates with. He was trained through Shallow Creek Kennels located in Sharpsville. Officer Duvall possesses the proper drive and characteristics in the areas of tracking area search, article search, building search, criminal apprehension, obedience work and narcotics detection.
Office Joseph Spinola & K-9 Officer Duvall
Honorable Charles M. Christner swore in K-9 Officer Duvall at the Rostraver Township Board of Commissioners Monthly Meeting on Wednesday, December 7, 2016 along with his handler Officer Joseph Spinola.
Magistrate Charles Christner, Officer Joseph Spinola, K-9 Officer Duvall
Welcome K-9 Officer Duvall!
Civil Service Commission Vice Chairman Thomas Yoder, Officer Joseph Spinola, K-9 Officer Duvall, Civil Service Commission Chairman Harry Stratigos