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Devil's in the details for return of Plum police K-9 unit

Michael DiVittorio
| Tuesday, Nov. 14, 2017, 4:06 p.m.
Plum Police Officer Lee Temple and 'Voda' conduct a drug search during the weekly K-9 training for multiple departments conducted at Plum High School on Thursday, July 6. Trainiing activities, include tactical building entries, narcotic searches with lockers, and tracking. Officer Temple is a master trainer with the Plum Police Department.  Lillian DeDomenic  |  For The Tribune Review
Plum Police Officer Lee Temple and 'Voda' conduct a drug search during the weekly K-9 training for multiple departments conducted at Plum High School on Thursday, July 6. Trainiing activities, include tactical building entries, narcotic searches with lockers, and tracking. Officer Temple is a master trainer with the Plum Police Department. Lillian DeDomenic | For The Tribune Review

Residents who have been pushing Plum to restore its police K-9 program will have to wait at least until December to see the fruits of their labor.

Council was expected Monday to reinstate the program it had decided to eliminate at the end of the year. But details β€” such as what will be expected of K-9 Officer Lee Temple and his dog β€” are still being worked out.

β€œIn the course of finalizing policy, we decided we needed a job description,” said councilman and personnel committee chairman, Dave Seitz.

Seitz said the policy will give the police chief more flexibility when it comes to job assignments and scheduling of the K-9 officer.

Police Chief Jeff Armstrong and council members would not discuss what other details need to be hammered out before the program is put back in place.

Council's next voting meeting is 7 p.m. Dec. 11 at the borough building, 4575 New Texas Road.

Michael DiVittorio is a Tribune-Review staff writer. Reach him at 412-871-2367, mdivittorio@tribweb.com or via Twitter @MikeJdiVittorio.

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