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Latrobe watches demonstration, establishes police dog unit

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Latrobe police Officer Robert Derk stood inside the city’s council chambers last night, bracing himself against a trash can while waiting for a 70-pound police dog to latch onto him.

The dog, whose name is Diesel, belonged to the McKeesport Police Department and, at the command of McKeesport Sgt. Tim Bliss, grabbed hold of Derk’s protective pant leg and held on, nearly knocking Derk to the ground.

Bliss and Diesel, as well as Ligonier Township policeman Eric Eslary and his K-9, Blek, gave a presentation to city council and those in attendance at last night’s monthly meeting to “answer any questions and misinformation anyone has” about police dogs, Latrobe police Chief James Bumar said.
Read more: Latrobe watches demonstration, establishes police dog unit – Pittsburgh Tribune-Review http://www.pittsburghlive.com/x/pittsburghtrib/news/westmoreland/s_731830.html#ixzz1JLSmF2F6

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