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 or Lt. Steven Lutz at 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

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