K-9 Ofc. Jango & Ofc. Linker
K9 Jango is the second Police K9 employed by the Haverford Twp Police Department.
Jango was born on 3/7/2012. He is a mix Belgian Malinois/German Shepherd. Jango began his training with Ofc Linker on 3/1/2013. For the next 10 years they would be known as 73-K2.June- 2014
Ofc. Douglas Linker and K9 Jango were certified according the North American Police Working Dog Associations standards, by Castle’s K9 Inc. in April 2013. Ofc. Linker and Jango have maintained a yearly certification since April 2013. Jango is trained and certified in Patrol and Narcotics detection. Training and proficiency assessments are conducted periodically, typically monthly, between each certification.
Over the course of their 10 years together 73-K2 has handled several notable incidents:
73-K2 responded to the area of Maryland and Roosevelt to search for suspects of a bank robbery that just occurred at the Santander Bank. A perimeter was quickly set up and Ofc. Linker and Jango focused on an area of shrubbery. After giving commands, the suspect did surrender and was taken into custody without incident.
Following an armed robbery that just occurred in the area of Grasslyn and Eagle, and subsequent foot pursuit of the suspects by Marple Police, 73-K2 responded to West Chester Pike and New Ardmore. Jango was deployed conducting a track for the suspect. During the track Jango did locate a black athletic sock containing a handgun. A second search was conducted in the area where Marple had apprehend a suspect. During this search a second handgun was located.
73-K2 was dispatched to Upper Darby to assist with a narcotic search of a residence. As a result of the search K9 Jango indicated on several locations resulting in the seizure of approximately 8 lbs of suspected methamphetamines.
73-K2 was dispatched to 826 Aubrey for an interrupted burglary. Jango was deployed and conducted a track leading to the front door of a residence at 852 Aubrey. Contact was made with a resident inside 852 Aubrey and a suspect was taken into custody.
While conducting a traffic stop for suspected mail theft, Ofc. McGibney reported the suspect vehicle to be fleeing and he was in pursuit. After a brief pursuit the suspect vehicle crashed on Karakung Drive. Upon 73-K2’s arrival, Jango was deployed to search for 2 subjects who fled from the vehicle. Jango did conduct a positive track which pushed the suspects into Lower Merion Township where they were taken into custody by LMPD who were in the area to assist.
At the request of Upper Darby Police 73-K2 responded to West Chester Pike and Keystone. Jango was deployed on a track for a suspect in an alley. While conducting the search Jango pulled towards a parked van. Ofc. Linker immediately observed the suspects feet under the van. Upper Darby Police took the suspect into custody without incident.
Jango and Officer Linker and have worked together for over 10 years. As of Nov. 30, 2023, K9 Jango has been deployed on the following incidents:
- Tracking – 55
- Building Searches – 59
- Area Searches – 23
- Narcotics Sniff/Search – 120
- Other – 23
After 10 years of service, over 19,000 hours of training, Jango has earned a well-deserved rest. It may take him a while to adjust to Doug going to work without him, but he can now enjoy being a single purpose k9. That sole purpose is family pet. Enjoy your retirement.