After six months of training with the Wilmington Police Department in Delaware, K9 Officer Niko and his handler Officer William Elliott were ceremoniously placed into service on Monday evening, March 9, 2015. Magisterial District Judge Phil Turner administered the oath of office to Elliott as Niko sat by his side with a police badge hanging from his collar.
Niko, an 18-month-old Czech German shepherd, is the first K9 officer for the borough. Marge Remlolde of the Delaware County Kennel Club was on hand to present Niko with a canine bulletproof vest, a dog size oxygen mask and a bag of treats. Resolutions from State Representative Thaddeus Kirkland (D-159 of Chester) and U.S. Representative Patrick Meehan (R-7 of Upper Darby) were
also presented to Elliott and Niko.
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The Borough recognized: Steve Videon (Videon Dodge) for his donation of the dog and a vehicle; Ron Temple (Pet Kraze) for a donation of food; Herb Wright (Radio Communications) and Jack Galloway (Canopy Prospecting) for donating the police lights; the Wilmington Police Department for providing the training at no cost to the Borough; and Barbara Rowles (Eddystone Fire Department – Ladies Auxiliary) for a donation of supplies.