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Released: 4/7/2006 

DRPA Police K-9 Unit Expands with Sam

The Delaware River Port Authority’s Public Safety Division today adds another four-legged crime fighter to its ranks with the introduction of Sam, a 2-year-old black Labrador Retriever. Sam and his handler Police Officer Roberto DiCarlo are assigned to DRPA’s Transit Unit. The pair will patrol the PATCO High Speed Line and respond to calls as needed at DRPA’s four bridges and the surrounding communities. Officer DiCarlo is a nine-year veteran of the DRPA Police Department. He is the third officer to join the K-9 Unit, which was formed in May 2003. Officer Mark Corrado and his dog Buddy, and Officer Michael Tirado and his dog Nitro are the other members of the unit. Officer DiCarlo and Sam graduate today, Friday, April 7, from the Philadelphia Police Academy K-9 Bomb Detection class that began in January. All three of DRPA’s K-9 dogs are trained as explosive detection dogs. "The expansion of our K-9 Unit is just another example of our commitment to public safety and to the security of our customers, facilities and communities," said John J. Matheussen, DRPA’s Chief Executive Officer. The Delaware River Port Authority is a regional transportation and development agency. DRPA owns and operates the Benjamin Franklin, Walt Whitman, Commodore Barry and Betsy Ross bridges, and the PATCO High Speed Line, the AmeriPort Intermodal Rail Center, the Philadelphia Cruise Terminal at Pier 1 and the RiverLink Ferry.

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