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Ben Roethlisberger Grants Go to Erlanger, NKU Police Departments

Fans of the Cincinnati Bengals have a special kind of hatred for the Pittsburgh Steelers, but when the hated Steelers come to Cincinnati on Sunday, their quarterback, Ben Roethlisberger, will have at least won over a few people in Northern Kentucky.

The Ben Roethlisberger Foundation awarded two grants this week to the Erlanger Police Department and the Northern Kentucky University Police Department.

“The Northern Kentucky University Police Department is honored to receive this grant from the Ben Roethlisberger Foundation," said Lt. John Gaffin, the interim chief of NKU Police. "The funding will allow us to ensure the safety of our K-9 officer, Arritt, who works to keep our campus and region safe. We thank and commend the Foundation for its dedication to public safety service K-9 units.”

The Erlanger Police Department intends to use their grant to purchase a new K-9 officer to assist with protecting and serving the Kenton County community. The Police Department partnered with the Erlanger Lions Charities.

“The Erlanger Kentucky Police Department is fortunate to be receiving a $10,000 check from the Ben Roethlisberger Foundation. Our mission is to help and assist any agency at any time upon any requests," said Officer Edward Bailey of the Erlanger Police Department. "The funds will go towards the purchase of a brand new K-9 unit which includes the dog and training for a handler.”

The Northern Kentucky University Police will use their grant to purchase and install a temperature monitor in the designated K-9 police cruiser.

“Arritt is an explosives detection canine provided to the University in 2012 via a grant from the Department of Homeland Security," Gaffin said. "Arritt and Officer Murray provide immediate and specialized response to bomb threats and unattended packages. This team conducts searches for a variety of explosive materials near building exteriors, parking lots, office areas, vehicles, packages, people in and around the campus, and assists other agencies in the region.” 

-Staff report

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