A MESSAGE FROM INTERIM PRESIDENT JONES

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Posted on May 2, 2014

Bob with dog.To: All students, faculty and staff
From: Interim President Geraldine M. Jones

The newest member of the Cal U Police Department will be attending Commencement next week, and he’ll be easy to pick out of the crowd.

Bas, a 1-year-old Belgian Malinois, is the first canine member of the campus police force and a new element in our police department’s community policing approach. 

You may have seen the dog around campus, or at last month’s Honors Convocation, when he announced himself with a bark as I stepped to the podium!

The dog’s handler is Sgt. Robert Kwiatkowski, who joined the campus police department in 2013. The pair has been training together since January with the professionals at Garrow Canine Training in Charleroi.

Yes, Bas is a student! He has completed his training in narcotics detection, and we expect him to be fully certified in obedience, patrol and tracking this summer.

Sgt. Kwiatkowski calls Bas “a public relations officer, as well as a patrol officer.” The dog serves as an ambassador, building connections between our Cal U police and the campus community. He’s learning to find lost objects and missing persons. Eventually, he may represent Cal U at school or community events.

But he’s also a working police dog, trained to protect his human partner and enhance the safety and security of our campus. When Bas is wearing his police vest, he’s “on the job” and should be treated with the same respect as any police officer.

Bas travels in a specially marked patrol car, and when their shift is done, the dog and his handler go home together. After hours Bas relaxes with the Kwiatkowski family, enjoying his dinner and sleeping at his partner’s feet.

Members of the region’s business community have given Bas a warm welcome, and Cal U is most appreciative of their support. Clover Farm Veterinary Clinic, in Fredericktown, is providing medical care. Tractor Supply Co. in Belle Vernon is providing dog food, and the Walmart store in West Brownsville has donated various pet supplies. Poochies, in North Huntingdon, will groom the dog, and many individuals and businesses have made donations toward his care. I thank everyone who has helped to make it possible for Bas to arrive, and thrive, at Cal U. 

I believe our new K-9 officer will be an asset to our police department and to the entire campus community. Please say hello to Sgt. Kwiatkowski when you see the pair on patrol, and ask his permission before greeting Bas.

I look forward to seeing our graduates, their friends and family members next week at Commencement. Each of our graduates has so much to be proud of, and I thoroughly enjoy the chance to acknowledge their achievements. If you should hear a loud “woof!” during the ceremony, you’ll know that K-9 Officer Bas is chiming in with his own congratulations.

With warm wishes,

Interim President Jones' signature.

Meet Interim President Geraldine M. Jones