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Home > Leadership > Mayor > Archived Press Releases > 2015 Archives > May 2015 > Newest Member Of The BPD K-9 Unit

Newest Member Of The BPD K-9 Unit

Hyde Foundation donates ‘Georgie’ to BPD; new K-9 crime-fighter gets her own coloring book

May 4, 2015—Mayor Byron W. Brown and Police Commissioner Dan Derenda today introduced the Buffalo Police Department’s newest member of its K-9 Unit, thanks to a generous donation from George H. Hyde, Jr., President of the Hyde Foundation.  Georgie, the first female canine in over a decade, is an 18 month old black German Shepard, who will live at the home of her handler Officer Anthony Marshall, a 21 year veteran patrol officer.

“Our K-9 Unit plays a valuable role in our city, saving and protecting lives, while improving efficiency in overall police work,” said Mayor Brown.  “I thank the Hyde Family for donating Georgie to our police department, further testament to the Hyde Family’s decades-long and continued commitment to the betterment of Buffalo.”

The Hyde Foundation is a private, charitable foundation that has served the greater Buffalo community for decades. The Hyde Family is the former owner of the Mentholatum Company, which was founded in 1889 in Wichita, Kansas. The company based its global operation on Niagara Street in Buffalo in 1909, where it remained until it was sold in 1988.

Today’s donation reflects the Hyde Family’s continued commitment and dedication to Buffalo.

“Georgie represents the Hyde Foundation’s on-going commitment to the city and the Buffalo Police Department in their continuous efforts to make Buffalo a safer place to live,” said Hyde, Jr.

Over the next four months, Georgie will be trained in police work and narcotics detection with Buffalo’s Canadian Training partners, the Niagara Regional Police Service.  Georgie joins four other Buffalo Police K-9 officers.  Last year, Buffalo’s highly effective K-9 Unit helped seize a combined 238,000 grams of marijuana and over $871,000 in cash.

In recognition of Georgie’s debut, the K-9 will also star in a new coloring book that educates children on important safety lessons. The illustrations were hand-drawn by Alicia Swanson who is a junior studying digital media at the Erie 1 Boces Harkness Center. Once the coloring books are printed, they will be available at all Buffalo Police Districts through the Community Police Officers.