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Help out Tazer the K-9 and kids at Newberry Twp. Police golf fundraiser

SEAN PHILIP COTTER
YorkDispatch

Take out the driver later this month and help out likely the furriest member of the Newberry Township Police Department.

A golf scramble on Friday, July 31, at the Valley Green Golf Course at 1227 Valley Green Road in the township, will raise money for Tazer, the department's K-9, and for the department's youth education effort.

Tazer, a German shepherd, came to the department from the Czech Republic in August 2010, when the fluffy officer was just under a year old, Sgt. Chris Martinez said. Martinez and Tazer hit the streets in November 2010 and have been fighting crime ever since.

Benefit: Especially for a relatively small police department, having a police dog isn't cheap. Keeping up with the yearly required training for pooch and handler alone costs $1,800 per year. As Tazer's a dual-purpose K-9 unit who does both narcotics and patrol work, the team has to complete 16 hours of training each month.

Martinez said this tournament, the 12th annual, pays for a huge amount of Tazer's expenses. Some of the money also will go to the department's youth outreach effort, called T.E.A.M. — Teaching, Education and Mentoring — which Martinez described as something of a D.A.R.E.-type anti-drug and anti-bullying program. The officers work with teens in schools, and they often take the kids out to a ballgame or ice cream at the end of the program.

Martinez hopes to net a couple thousand dollars with the fundraiser.

"Seventy to 100 golfers would be excellent," he said.

It costs $75 for a single golfer or $300 for a group of four. Businesses also can sponsor various parts of the event.

For more information on reserving tickets, call Martinez at (717) 938-2608 or email him at cmartinez@newberrypd.org or Lt. Steven Lutz at slutz@newberrypd.org. A lunch and beverages — including the adult kind — will be available.

The first-, second- and third-place teams all get awards, as do the man and woman who hit the longest drives and get closest to the pin.

Demonstration: And after the tournament, Tazer and his human will put on a demonstration of how the dog can physically take down criminals.

"Everybody loves to see the apprehension demonstrations," Martinez said.

Martinez said he usually gets another officer who regularly works with K-9 units to dress up in a padded suit, and then Tazer does his thing.

"Them dogs, you know, they're very well trained, and when they latch on, you're not getting away," he said.

— Reach Sean Philip Cotter at scotter@yorkdispatch.com.