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West York Borough Police Department's newest member, Detective Prince, was sworn in by District Judge Jennifer P. Clancy on Thursday morning.

With handler Officer Scott Musselman on a knee and bloodhound Prince's right paw placed on a Bible, Clancy administered the oath of office.

Afterward, Prince received a treat from West York Mayor Shawn Mauck.

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The 14-week-old bloodhound was donated to the department by the Jimmy Ryce Center and named after the Prince Athletic Association, which, according to Mauck, "contributed generously" to the York County Child Abuse Response Effort (C.A.R.E.) Team, which facilitated the donation.

Following the oath, Clancy and West York Borough Police Chief Matt Milsaps negotiated who would keep which paw-print-signed oath. The judge wanted one for her office, seeing how it was the first time she had sworn in a K-9 officer.

Eight to 10 months of training for both Prince and Musselman by Summit Search and Rescue, Lewisberry, starts immediately. Following training, the K-9 team will assist the Missing Child Task Force as well as provide man-tracking services to other York County agencies. Thanks to a second donor, the department purchased a new police vehicle set up for the K-9 team.

“I am very excited that this new program builds yet another bridge for West York Borough to cooperate across York County to ensure public safety,” said Mauck. “This is a true birthday gift as our police department begins its centennial celebration this year.”

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