Merski, Harkins: LECOM K-9 unit benefits entire community

Adds new layer of security to campus, region

ERIE, Sept. 10 – With classes back in session at Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine, LECOM students and staff are benefiting from a new K-9 unit supported in part by a $50,000 state grant, state Reps. Bob Merski and Pat Harkins announced.

The lawmakers, both D-Erie, said the grant will enhance security for the campus and the entire region.

“Like other campuses that host year-round speaking events and community activities, LECOM will benefit greatly from the added security of a K-9 unit,” Merski said. “Police dogs do an incredible job of rooting out suspicious packages containing weapons or explosives, which is important as larger gatherings resume on campus and in the community.

“The campus and the entire surrounding community are going to be safer thanks to the new addition to the force.”

Harkins said: “The K-9 unit is a great addition to LECOM’s security because it adds an important layer of protection for students and staff and enhances peace of mind for everyone – including the officers responsible for campus safety. It’s great to know that the campus is joining so many others across the country that have added police dogs to their security arsenal.”

The lawmakers said LECOM is assisting with startup costs for the program, which total about $80,000.