BRADENTON – Big Ben throws a big touchdown pass to the Bradenton Police Department.

Thanks to Pittsburgh Steelers’ quarterback Ben Roethlisberger, the BPD will be receiving a new K9 officer. His foundation announced that during the 2018 NFL season, he would continue grants for new K-9 officers in the Pittsburgh area, and also municipalities near where the Steelers play road games this year. The Steelers played in Tampa Monday night.

Bradenton Police Chief Melanie Bevan says the $9,500 grant will go toward the purchase of a drug interdiction K-9.