SPRINGFIELD TWP.  The Springfield Police Department presented its new K-9 unit during the the March 14 Board of Trustees meeting.

Sgt. Joe Gaffney spoke about the former K-9 program the department had which was recruited by the Copley Police Department. He said, however, that Officer Shawn Brady and K-9, Brodie, are now ready for training and to take their place as part of the Springfield Department.

“This was achieved without any money taken out of the budget,” said Gaffney.

Residents and the department held fundraisers and received contributions from community members and businesses to achieve the goal to have a K-9 unit back in Springfield Township.

K-9 Brodie came from Germany and starting March 18, Brady and Brodie entered six weeks of training. Gaffney thanked everyone for their hard work and contributions.

Gaffney also officiated the appointment of three new explorers Sean Cook, Jared Lawrence and Jeremy Moneypenny. He also recognized previous explorers, Franny Thurston, city of Stow dispatch; and Jordan McLean, graduate of the Kent State Police Academy.

- A nuisance abatement for the property at 3408 Samuels Road was tabled at the February 28 trustees meeting allowing more time for cleanup. Trustee Dean Young said after inspection the property has been cleaned up and made a motion to dismiss the abatement, which was approved.

The next meeting will be held at 6 p.m. March 28 at the Town Hall, 2459 Canfield Road.