Checks can be mailed to:
The Hometown Foundation, Inc.
275 Schoolhouse Rd.
Cheshire, CT 06410
Memo: Upper Merion Township Police K-9

Introducing the Upper Merion Police Department K-9 Program

The Upper Merion Township Police Department is raising funds to purchase a new addition to their K-9 Unit. Police K-9 Units are an integral part of law enforcement and help make the communities safer. K-9 officers can apprehend suspects, detect drugs and explosives, locate missing people, and even help find crime scene evidence. Police K-9s have proven to fill an important role in our police force’s work to build community relations as well as to deter and combat illegal activity.

K-9s Assist Police Officers in Many Ways

  • Track suspects and missing persons, perform area searches to locate suspects
  • Extensively trained in conducting explosive detection
  • Detect hidden firearms, expended casings, and other evidence
  • Assist in locating lost or missing persons/officers
  • Perform valuable educational demonstrations and programs

When the K-9’s workday is over, the dog goes home to be with their family. We believe that is best for the dog to keep them happy and healthy!

We Need Your Help!

The generosity from sponsors and donors will help cover the cost of purchasing the K-9s and securing the vital K-9 safety equipment and training that is required for the longevity of the program.

Your donation of any level will help us purchase the K-9 as well as provide essential safety K-9 equipment and training.

You or your business or organization can help through a fundraiser. Contact us and we’ll help you get started!

Be a Sponsor of the Upper Merion Police Department K-9 Fund!

See the benefits of becoming an Upper Merion Police Department K-9 Program Sponsor:

Contact Gerri Vattimo at or 484-636-3899 for more information about the UMPD K-9 Fund, making a donation, or sponsorship.

Get To Know Us:

The Hometown Foundation, Inc. is a non-profit charitable foundation based out of Cheshire, CT committed to supporting the community in conjunction with Bozzuto’s, Inc. and its IGA retailers. The Hometown Foundation was established in 2002 and has been supporting surrounding communities for the past 19 years.

The Hometown Foundation, Inc. raises money to support a broad range of programs that meet community needs. The Foundation’s commitment centers around five areas of charitable focus: animal welfare, emergency response personnel, individuals with intellectual disabilities or in need, major illness, and the military.

One of the Hometown Foundation’s major programs is the Police K-9 Awareness Initiative. Throughout the year, we raise funds to donate Police K-9s and training equipment to local and state departments across the country. In many states K-9s are not fully funded by their state or local municipalities which means they rely heavily on private donations. That is where we try to compensate for the lack of funding. Law enforcement is a vital part to our safety and community and we want to support them so we can alleviate any stress that we can.

As a Foundation, we provide the equipment needed for training as well as a training facility for the K-9 Units to utilize at the Farmington Polo Grounds. Some of the equipment we provide is Garmin GPS collars, Garmin GPS watches, K-9 cooling vests, Police cruiser heat alarms, bite suits, leads, tugs, and more.

The Upper Merion Township Police Department is pledged to engage in a cooperative effort with our citizens to achieve and maintain a superior quality of life within our community. To the greatest extent possible, our actions will reflect the priorities of our citizens. Remaining committed to the principles of honesty, integrity, and professional ethics, we will work diligently to reduce the incidence and fear of crime, and promote an atmosphere of well-being. Our efforts are aimed at helping Upper Merion Township continue to be a good place to live, visit, work and worship.

The 70 officer department is comprised of the Chief, a Captain, and six Lieutenants that command the Patrol, Investigations and Auxiliary Services Divisions. The Patrol Division is the largest division with 45 officers. The Investigations Division has 16 detectives, including two supervisors. The Auxiliary Services Division has 19 civilian support staff, including special officers, telecommunicators and school crossing guards. Upper Merion is the only remaining self-dispatched agency in Montgomery County. The police department has a number of specialized units including the Special Investigations Unit, Bike Unit, K-9 Patrol, the Community Oriented Policing Division (Traffic Safety and Community Response Unit), and is an active member of both the Montgomery County Major Incident Response Team (MIRT), and the Montgomery Country SWAT Central Region Team (MSWAT-CR).

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