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 https://www.facebook.com/WPDK9Unit/
. You can also follow
them on Instagram at @Murphytheworkingdog and @Jolie_K9, and on Tik Tok
under @Murphytheworkingdog and @K9jolie.