HAMMONTON – Police Chief Frank Ingemi introduced the newest member of the Hammonton Police Department to the Hammonton Rotary Club Thursday, Oct. 21, expressing his appreciation for the club’s support, which helped make the addition possible.
The purchase of Chase, a Czechoslovakian-born German shepherd who is training to become a narcotics and general purpose K-9, was made possible in large part by a $6,000 donation by the Rotary Club of Hammonton.
“You have made a great purchase in the fight against crime in our community,” said Ingemi during the club’s weekly meeting at Rocco’s Townhouse, adding that the dog’s drug detection abilities will allow it to do in 10 minutes what would take several officers hours to do.
The dog and its handler, Patrolman Robert Zbikowski, who are attending K-9 school together, will be fully trained for narcotics and patrol duty by next spring, joining two other K-9 units now in service in Hammonton. If all goes well, Chase could provide up to 10 years of service to the community.
The club’s donation was made possible thanks to the community’s support of its annual champagne breakfast, wine tasting, golf tournament, and other events. This year’s breakfast, scheduled for Sunday, Nov. 28, at Rocco’s, will support the Nicholas Family of Hammonton to help them build a handicapped access ramp for their disabled daughter, Hannah. The wine event will be March 26. 2011.
Breakfast tickets are $10 for adults, $5 for children under age 10. For tickets contact any club member or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Learn more about the Hammonton Rotary Club at http://www.hammontonrotary.wordpress.com.