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Free drug testing kits offered by Suffolk County Sheriff

A New York sheriff is using money seized from drug dealers to buy drug-testing kits that he will distribute free to parents.

Suffolk County Sheriff Vincent DeMarco says he is providing the free drug test kits to help parents and guardians monitor their children.

The kits cost about $1 and test for six different drugs, from marijuana to opiates to cocaine. He says 16,000 will eventually be distributed.

DeMarco says the test kits give parents a tool to engage in conversations with their children about drug use.

The kits are available at the Suffolk County jail, and plans are in the works to also distribute them at schools and at the offices of local elected officials.



Upper Uwchlan police host canine competition

Upper Uwchlan Police Officer Robert Davis and his partner Charlie pose with their awards from the completion.

Upper Uwchlan Police Officer Robert Davis and his partner Charlie pose with their awards from the completion.

Upper Uwchlan’s police department recently hosted a competition for the United States Police Canine Association.

The event took place on Sept. 12 and 13 at the township’s Hickory Park as well as a small portion of Marsh Creek Stake Park.

This was the first time the police department hosted this type of event, according to Upper Uwchlan Police Chief John DeMarco. The police department learned about the competition because one of the officers, Robert Davis, is a member of the United States Police Canine Association, DeMarco said.

Police officers participate in events like these because it gives them “a sense of pride,” said DeMarco. “It’s just like when an athlete participates in an event.”

In addition, the competition also allows handlers and canines to gain credentials.

“Our canine is now viewed as nationally certified and can compete now at that level whereas he couldn’t do that before,” DeMarco said.

The competition was for the national association’s Region No. 6, which is compromised of police departments in the northeastern portion of the United States.

Attending the event were about 30 canine teams, including competitors from Harrisburg, Philadelphia, New York City, Washington, D.C., and Atlantic City, N.J., and state police from Pennsylvania and New Jersey.

Competition activities included running an obstacle course, locating concealed articles, locating concealed people, demonstrating obedience and apprehending suspects with and without a gun.

The top winner of the competition was Officer George Adams of the Atlantic City Police Department and his dog, Dak.

Davis and his canine, Charlie, from Upper Uwchlan’s department finished 12th in the overall field competition. The team also placed first in the team competition and third in the search category. Davis also received a sportsmanship award from the United States Canine Association.

Upper Uwchlan’s department also received a plaque of appreciation for hosting the event.