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Lebanon cop cars: 1963 vs. 2018

This week’s #valleynewsthrowback on the @vnewsuv Instagram features a “sleek Ford Guardian equipped with a spotlight, enlarged domelight and 220-horsepower engine” from 1963, when Lebanon police debuted a West Lebanon patrol position.

A new patrol car for West Lebanon, N.H., a division of the Lebanon Police Department, was made official on April 17, 1963, when Police Chief Clarence Wright, at right, presented the car keys to West Lebanon patrolman Merle Eaton, center. On hand to view the sleek Ford Guardian equipped with a spotlight, enlarged domelight and 220-horsepower engine, was Lebanon City Manager Roland Dubay. (Valley News – Larry McDonald) Copyright Valley News. May not be reprinted or used online without permission. Send requests to permission@vnews.com.

Compare that against these cruisers:

… or this truck:

Police arrest suspect who allegedly attempted to ‘gouge out’ an officer’s eye near West Lebanon Wal-Mart

Several police officers located the man on Interchange Drive across from Space Place Self Storage. Witnesses say four or five officers drew their guns and converged on the man, who surrendered in a swampy area next to Ferguson Water, according to Thomas Polito, who works at the storage facility and watched the incident unfold. Read more.

Lebanon police and fire personnel load a man onto an ambulance on Interchange Drive in West Lebanon, N.H., on Thursday, Feb. 22, 2018. The unidentified man is accused of assaulting a police officer. (Valley News – Maggie Cassidy) Copyright Valley News. May not be reprinted or used online without permission. Send requests to permission@vnews.com.

New K9 at Lebanon Police Department

Senior Officer Jeremy Perkins with K9 Blesk. Photos courtesy Lebanon Police Department.

You may recall when Lebanon police said goodbye to K9 Max in December, as Max succumbed to cancer.

Now, the officer that was working with the late Max has been partnered with a new K9, according to a news release this afternoon from Lebanon Police.

K9 Blesk, a 1-year-old male Belgian Malinois, will be working with his handler, Senior Officer Jeremy Perkins, police said. Blesk was born in Slovakia and imported into the United States in November.

According to the release, Blesk will be “dual trained in both drug detection and patrol functions at the Vermont Police Canine Academy” in Pittsford, Vt. When he finishes training, Perkins and Blesk will be assigned to the patrol bureau.