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Warrington Township Police K9 Unit finds creative ways to stay connected to community

Warrington Township’s Police K9 Unit has found a creative way to stay engaged with the community, while maintaining social distancing during the COVID-19 pandemic. They have launched an internet story time and activity page series to help stay connected to children and families in the communities they serve, since the department’s community programs and meet and greets have been temporarily suspended.

Officer Stephen Plum and his K9 Murphy shared their first story time video earlier this month on the unit’s Facebook page and Murphy’s Instagram page, reading “Pout Pout Fish in the Big Dark.” The story time was so popular that the duo decided to continue the program, asking viewers to recommend stories for them to read and also to share photos of themselves reading to their own dogs, on the Police K9 unit’s Facebook page. Officer John Blanchard and his K9 Jolie create activity pages for children and share them via Facebook each week. Pages can be printed or downloaded and once they are completed, Blanchard and Jolie encourage kids and their families to share the activity pages with them on the K9 Police Unit Facebook page.

Credit for the development of the story time and activity series goes to Officer Jessica Bloomingdale and Plum’s wife Nancy. For information about K9s Murphy and Jolie and their internet story time and activity series visit You can also follow them on Instagram at @Murphytheworkingdog and @Jolie_K9, and on Tik Tok under @Murphytheworkingdog and @K9jolie.

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