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Newark Police Department Canine Drug Detection Unit

Award Information

Award #
Awardee County
New Castle
Funding First Awarded
Total funding (to date)
Original Solicitation

Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2008, $42,482)

The Edward Byrne Memorial Discretionary Grants Program (Byrne Discretionary Program) helps local communities improve the capacity of local justice systems and provides for national support efforts. This project is authorized and funded through a line item in the FY 08 Congressional Budget. Funds should be used for purposes recommended by Congress.

The Newark Police Department (NPD) of Delaware will purchase equipment for their K9 officers. The NPD veteran canine officer was recently assigned a new, young canine partner and they will use these grant funds to become an effective, efficient and safely deployed patrol and narcotic detection team. NPD will purchase a fully equipped specialized K9 transport vehicle, training and tactical/emergency equipment, and other line-of-duty items unique to the needs of canine teams. They will also upgrade their current K9 vehicle with an air temperature indicator, a ventilation fan, an engine monitor to warn of a heating/cooling system failure, as well as a more comfortable, powder-coated cage to prevent medical problems with their K9s. NPD will increase public safety by adding an additional narcotics detection canine team to NPD, thereby maximizing coverage and availability, resulting in increased narcotics seizures, drug tainted currency, and arrests for narcotics violations.


Date Created: September 10, 2008