eye-3-yellow-3d-2-new-logo philly_kyw_new philly_94wip_new 35h_cbssportsrad_philly philly_wpht_new
BREAKFAST WITH THE CANDIDATES: WATCH: Part 1 | Part 2 | RECAP | PHOTOS | #cbsphillydebate


Bomb-Sniffing Dog Now On Patrol Around Independence Mall

("Ken Franklin," with his handler, Nick Iannelli, on Independence Mall.  Credit: John McDevitt)

(“Ken Franklin,” with his handler, Nick Iannelli, on Independence Mall. Credit: John McDevitt)

John McDevitt John McDevitt
John McDevitt has been a reporter and editor at KYW Newsradio 1060...
Read More

Get Breaking News First

Receive News, Politics, and Entertainment Headlines Each Morning.
Sign Up

By John McDevitt

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — Law enforcement officials at Independence National Historical Park have a new partner, a K-9 ranger named “Ken Franklin.”

“This is a very special badge — wear it proudly, Ken,” said Independence National Historical Park superintendent Cynthia MacLeod as she placed a collar with a National Park Service ranger badge around the neck of Ken Franklin, a 2½-year-old german shepherd.

Authorities say he is able to detect a wide variety of explosives.

National Park Service dog handler Nick Iannelli says unattended bags must often be examined by park rangers and Ken will now help with that, adding an extra layer of protection.

“Now we have Ken, who can just walk by and with his nose check before anyone manually has to open it, so it’s a lot safer that way,” Iannelli tells KYW Newsradio.

When Ken is working he’ll be wearing a vest that says “Police.”  Visitors are being asked not to pet him while he’s on duty.

Top Content On CBSPhilly


Get every new post delivered to your Inbox.

Join 32,493 other followers