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Fraternal Order of Police Tri-County Lodge 76 representing Adams, Cumberland, Franklin, Fulton and Perry Counties endorse Sheriff Muller.

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Law enforcement demo day raises money for training center

Shane Dunlap The Evening Sun

To help raise funds for a dedicated police training range the Adams County Law Enforcement Association hosted a Demo Day for the public Saturday June 20 at Battlefield Harley-Davidson in Gettysburg. The dedicated training range will provide local law enforcement with specialized training situations that cannot be done at public ranges. The facility, which is being funded fully through private and public partnerships, will be located near the Adams County 911 Emergency Center. Deputy wildlife commission officer Joe Webb with the Pennsylvania Game Commission demonstrates for a crowd how Allegra, the Adams County Sheriff’s Department’s K-9 unit, can be used in attack situations during Demo Day on Saturday June 20, 2015 at Battlefield Harley-Davidson in Gettysburg. The Adams County Sheriff’s Department hosted the event, which helped raise funds for a planned training and shooting range that will be built near the Adams County 911 Emergency Response Center. (Shane Dunlap the Evening Sun) To help raise funds for a dedicated police training range, the Adams County Law Enforcement Association hosted a Demo Day for the public Saturday at Battlefield Harley-Davidson in Gettysburg. The dedicated training range will provide local law enforcement with specialized training situations that cannot be done at public ranges. The facility, which is being funded fully through private and public partnerships, will be located near the Adams County 911 Emergency Center. Adams County deputy sheriff Angel Garcia with the Adams County Sheriff’s Department's warrants division goes over the workings of an AR15 with Betty Jacoby, left, of Hanover on Saturday June 20, 2015 during the Adams County Law Enforcement Association's Demo Day at Battlefield Harley-Davidson in Gettysburg. The day featured demonstrations of police tactics, K-9 demonstrations, police equipment and vehicles and the STAT Medevac helicopter. The event helped raise funds for the a police training range that is planned to e be built near the Adams County 911 Emergency Center built near the Adams County 911 Emergency Center. E Adams County deputy sheriff Johnathan Beck, background, demonstrates a police training situation with firearm instructor Rebecca McCoy with the Harrisburg Capitol Police on Saturday June 20, 2015 during Demo Day at Battlefield Harley-Davidson in Gettysburg. The event helped raise funds for a planned training and shooting range that will be built near the Adams County 911 Emergency Center. The demonstrations for the crowd helped explain why the importance of having a police training and shooting range would benefit law enforcement in Adams County with specialized training situations that cannot be done at a public range. Adams County Sheriff’s Department deputy Johnathan Beck, right, and Corp. John Wega, left, demonstration training situations with Airsoft firearms for a crowd Saturday June 20, 2015 during the Demo Day at Battlefield Harley-Davidson in Gettysburg. Hosted by the Adams County Law Enforcement Association the event helped raise funds for a planned police training range that will be located next to the Adams County 911 Emergency Center. State Constables Daniel Watkins Sr., right, Stephen Beans, middle, and Jeramy Lanning, left, chat while showing examples of firearms during Demo Day at Battlefield Harley-Davidson in Gettysburg on Saturday June 20, 2015. The event was hosted by the Adams County Law Enforcement Association to help raise funds for a police training range that will be built near the Adams County 911 Emergency Center.

Association hopes to open modern training range

By T.W. Burger For the Gettysburg Times

APPREHEND – Adams County Sheriff James Muller, right, and K9 Allegra subdue Wildlife Conservation Officer Joe Webb during a demonstration at the Adams County Law Enforcement Association Firearms Range fundraiser Saturday. It could not have been more of an American snapshot: guns, motorcycles, dogs, politicians and BBQ chicken. What it was, was the Adams County Law Enforcement Association Firearms Range kick-off fundraiser at Battlefield Harley-Davidson Saturday, and judging by the jammed parking situation, it was a real smash. Tickets were $10 at the event, with demonstrations by the Pa. Fish and Game Commission, Adams County Sheriff's Department with their K9 deputies, and a bomb-handling robot. Not bad for 10 bucks. The cause is to get a more modern training range for the training of law enforcement, said Sheriff Jim Muller, who said there was no particular goal set for this fundraiser. "We wanted to see how we would do having one of these," he said. "There was no set goal attached to it." Later on, Muller introduced Deputy Allegra, a Belgium Malinois dog, friendly and playful when not "on," and a tawny bullet with teeth when she's working. Muller showed Allegra's bomb-sniffing ability, and later, ordered her to stop Wildlife Conservation Officer Joe Webb, who was wearing bite armor on his right arm. Within moments, Allegra was hanging from the bite glove, growling sincerely. Muller convinced his deputy to let go, but she kept an eye on Webb for a while, just in case he wanted to start any funny business. Webb walked away, his armor removed, rubbing part of his arm. "She really got me," he said. "It was pretty intense." Muller said the Malinois has a bite force greater than that of a pit bull. Webb and Allegra both got a good round of applause from the crowd at the event. Other events at the fundraiser included a demonstration of the $2.1 million bomb robot used by the Tripwire Operations organization to teach bomb detecting and disposal techniques to military and civilian bomb units, a display of police vehicles from various departments, and other activities. One father was bemused when his sons excitedly said they wanted to get on the prison bus. "Well, I guess it's good to have goals," the dad said. Donna Wolf-Moore of New Oxford, who was once married to a law enforcement officer, said she was happy to see some appreciation shown for people in that line of work. "I think it's fabulous," she said. "I really appreciate our law enforcement officers, and I think they need a lot more respect. They are human beings and they don't know when they go to work if they are ever coming home again. They are concerned about the public they protect, you can feel it. And yet they often get a bad rap from the public because of how they are portrayed by the media."


Pictured is “Tuko,” a 4 ½ month-old male Belgian Malinois K-9 pup. Sheriff Muller recently acquired the dog through a generous donation from the Tripwire Operations Group of Gettysburg, PA, for development and later use by the Adams County Sheriff’s Office. When ready, Tuko will complement the Sheriff’s current K-9 Bomb Dog, “Allegra” which has been in service for the past several years. The Malinois is a medium breed of dog, sometimes classified as a variety of the Belgian Shepherd Dog classification. The breed is recognized in the United States under the name Belgian Malinois. Its name is the French word for Mechlinian which translates as “herder.” In Belgium, Germany, the Netherlands and European Countries as well as the United States, the breed is used as a working dog for tasks including detection of odors such as explosives, accelerants (for arson investigation), and narcotics; tracking of humans for suspect apprehension in police work; and search and rescue missions. The U.S. Secret Service uses the Malinois Dogs to guard the grounds of the White House and they are the second most commonly used K9 by the US military and Special Forces operations. A Belgian named “Cairo” accompanied SEAL Team Six in the operation that netted Osama bin Laden. Trained well, Belgian Malinois are usually active, intelligent, friendly, protective, alert and hard-working. Belgian Malinois exhibit energy levels that are among the highest of all dog breeds.

Sheriff Muller appears in American Police Beat Magazine

In an article out of the February, 2015 edition of American Police Beat Magazine.

Prosecutor: In school bomb threats, age is no defense

Officer Doug Fishel, from Eastern Adams Regional Police, as well as Adams County District Attorney Shawn Wagner, Sheriff James Muller and Assistant Supt. Russell Greenholt conducted assemblies at Conewago Valley district's middle and high schools to make sure students know the long-lasting legal consequences these threats carry.  View Article

ADAMS COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE JOINS IN THE WAG’N 02 FUR LIFE PROGRAM Each year, far too many pets die of smoke asphyxiation even when public safety employees are able to retrieve pets from burning structures or vehicles because they are not able to revive them without the proper equipment. These specially-designed animal oxygen masks can be used on both conscious and unconscious pets suffering from smoke inhalation or exposure to toxic fumes.
Through a generous donation from Rossmoyne Animal Emergency Trauma Center of Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania, the Adams County Sheriff was able to secure one of the Wag’n 02 fur Life kits and training at no cost. The kit includes various sizes of oxygen masks for pets, air tubes, kennel lead and hand oxygen pump. The Sheriff is now able to assist other Public Safety agencies within Adams County when called upon.
Any individual, company, or charitable organization desiring to assist us in this endeavor by purchasing additional kits may do so by calling the Sheriff at (717) 337-9829 for more information.

The Sheriff’s Office K-9 Bomb Dog is a valuable public safety tool. No tax-payer monies are used to equip, train, care for, house, feed or provide veterinary care; our K-9 is wholly funded by the Sheriff personally and through donations by the public. To continue this service and assist in offsetting the cost, the Sheriff seeks your assistance. Your donations and those of certain Adams County businesses have made it possible for us to continue this service. Individuals and businesses interested in making a donation to assist the Sheriff in maintaining this service should contact Sheriff Muller at (717) 337-9829. We also have several items available for purchase at this time to assist us in this endeavor. There are two different “challenge coins.” The first is the official challenge coin for the Sheriff’s Office. The second is the K-9 Bomb Dog coin with a likeness of our K-9, Allegra, on the front side.  We also have a plush animal doll, a Belgian Malinois. It wears a vest with the official patch of the Adams County Sheriff’s Office along with an ear tag with a photo of our K-9 Bomb Dog. The price of the challenge coins is $10.00 each and the plush animal doll is $15.00. These items are available for purchase at the Adams County Sheriff’s Office which is located in the Adams County Court House, 117 Baltimore Street, Room 4, Gettysburg, PA 17325. For more information, call (717) 337-9828.
Please note that 100% of the profits from sale of these items go directly to offsetting the cost of our K-9 dog and nothing else.

Certificate of Appreciation Awarded
Sheriff Muller presented Ms. Wendy Dutterer the proprietor of Saw Horse Farms at 20 Red Bridge Road in Gettysburg with a Certificate of Appreciation for donating her time, services and the horse, Merlin, for use in the annual Adams County Fallen Heroes Ceremony for the past three years. Merlin is the “Riderless Horse” which leads the law enforcement procession to the Police Memorial at the Oak Ridge Cemetery. This ritual, which dates back to ancient times, was most noted during the funeral process for slain president, John F. Kennedy.

Sheriff visits student to suppress bomb threat fears
The Evening Sun POSTED: 01/20/2014 01:14:40 PM EST

Kim Wallace of Hanover wrote The Evening Sun recently to say what an excellent job the Conewago Valley School District has done with handling the recent bomb threat. Kim Wallace said her daughter,  Jamie, was terrified and did not want to go back into school. She spoke with a good friend that works at the county courthouse and knows Sheriff James Muller and his partner "Leggy" who is a trained bomb sniffing dog. Maryanne Snyder coordinated Sheriff Muller speaking with her regarding her daughter's fears and thought maybe she could meet with Sheriff Muller and Leggy to help her daughter overcome some of her fears. Sheriff Muller actually went to her home with Leggy to personally meet Jamie and educate her about his partners' exceptional abilities. The picture clearly shows what an educational visit this was. Jamie went to school with all eyes looking for her new found friend, Leggy.


Congratulations to Sheriff Muller and the entire Adams County Sheriff's Office Deputies and staff. All their hard work has paid off in receiving Accreditation from the Pennsylvania Law Enforcement Accreditation Commission this week. They have worked hard for over 2 years to acheive this! Congratulations!!
You can view information here regarding the Accreditation.

Gettysburg Times article on the Accreditation.
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From the Evening Sun: Adams County Sheriff's Department recommended for accreditation. The department will become the state's 94th accredited agency when it is recognized later this month..... Read More..

After 2 ½ years of painstaking effort, I am now pleased to announce that we have been recommended for accreditation!! Read More..

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Why Are Fingerprinting Services Needed?

Obtaining a Passport? Seeking employment in a public or private school system? Are you a “student teacher candidate or a school contractor employee who will work in direct contact with children? Seeking a Firearms Dealer’s License or a Concealed Carry Permit in another state? Are you a prospective foster or adoptive applicant or an individual who wants to operate or work in child care facilities? Are you applying for employment with a significant likelihood of regular contact with children or a self-employed family day care provider or their family member? If so, a fingerprint based background check will be required.

Because of this, like so many law enforcement agencies within Adams County, every week the Sheriff’s Office is approached by members of the public seeking fingerprinting services. Because of workload and resource issues, the State Police has limited fingerprinting services to 3 days per week or a total of 14 hours. Some agencies will not provide fingerprinting services and walk-in fingerprinting elsewhere in Adams County is limited at best. In the past, the Sheriff’s Office has been able to take up some of the slack to meet the increasing demand. However, the FBI will soon stop accepting inked fingerprints on hard cards in favor of Live Scan digital fingerprinting which is the state of the art today. Therefore, we need to upgrade our equipment.

What is Live Scan Fingerprinting?

Live Scan is inkless electronic fingerprinting. The Live Scan technology replaces the process of recording fingerprint patterns through a rolling process using ink. The newer Live Scan technology replaces this process by digitizing the fingerprint minutiae -- the characteristics that make fingerprints unique -- and enabling the electronic transfer of the fingerprint image data in combination with personal descriptor information. Digitizing the fingerprint images enables service providers to electronically transmit fingerprints to the Department of Justice and FBI in a matter of seconds for the completion of a criminal record check instead of the days required to send hard copy fingerprint cards through the mail. However, ink fingerprinting is still required in many states and hard cards are still preferred by some prospective employers and agencies within the Commonwealth. Live Scan machines can produce the traditional hard cards as well as transmit fingerprints electronically.

In order to continue providing fingerprinting services to our citizens while at the same time limiting the fiscal impact on county taxpayers, the Sheriff’s Office has been seeking donations from county service organizations and clubs for the purchase of a Live Scan fingerprint machine. We are now pleased to announce that through the generous donations of organizations such as the McSherrystown Loyal Order of Moose Lodge 720, the Home Association of McSherrystown, the New Oxford Social & Athletic Club and the Gettysburg F.O.E. Eagles Lodge 1562, funding has been acquired and the Sheriff’s Office will soon be purchasing an FBI-certified fingerprint scanner, the associated software and the necessary training to allow us to modernize our equipment and better serve our community.

When the new Live Scan equipment is purchased and our staff trained, we will post information regarding the times and process for the public to avail themselves of this service at the Sheriff’s Office. Look for this information at our webpage at