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Trained K-9 will support police department and Geisinger Marworth

WAVERLY, Pa. – Geisinger and the Waverly Police Department have partnered to purchase a K-9 police dog to support law enforcement activities and maintain patient and staff safety at Geisinger Marworth.

The dog, a German Shepherd named Wyatt, will join the department this summer after completing the required K-9 training.

At Marworth, Geisinger’s inpatient substance use disorder treatment campus in Waverly, Wyatt will perform regular searches to find and prevent the use of illicit substances, supporting patients’ ongoing recovery efforts.

“Unfortunately, addiction is a relentless and all-consuming illness, and sustained recovery is a life-long journey,” said Jordan Barbour, director of operations for Geisinger addiction medicine. “The ability to perform random searches primarily serves as a deterrent, but also supports the safety of the patient community.”

Previously, Geisinger contracted with a private agency to perform monthly K-9 searches of the Marworth campus. The public-private partnership between Waverly PD and Marworth will allow both entities, as well as the broader Waverly community, to have access to Wyatt’s K-9 capabilities.

“We are beyond thankful to welcome our newest member of the police force K-9 unit, Wyatt,” said Kenneth James, chief of the Waverly Police Department. “We could not have welcomed him without support from our community and partnership with Geisinger. Having a dedicated narcotics K-9 team is an efficient and effective way to help eliminate drugs from Marworth. This creates a safer environment for both patients and staff and reduces criminal activity both inside and outside the facility. Wyatt is a great asset to our team, and I know his duties for the community will not go unnoticed.”

For more information about Geisinger’s partnership with the Waverly PD call 866-250-5730.
 

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Waverly K-9 Wyatt.
Wyatt, the Waverly Police Department's K-9 member, that will be patrolling Geisinger Marworth.

For media inquiries:

Ashley Andyshak Hayes
Marketing Strategist
Marketing & Communications

570-271-8081
arandyshakhayes@geisinger.edu

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