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Fraternal Order of Police Tri-County Lodge 76 representing Adams, Cumberland, Franklin, Fulton and Perry Counties endorse Sheriff Muller.
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."
INTRODUCING THE SHERIFF’S NEWEST “DEPUTY-IN-TRAINING.”
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.
DONATION FOR ACSO K-9 UNIT
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.
FINGERPRINTING SERVICES AVAILABLE
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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LESSONS FROM BOSTON
This month’s terroristic bombing at the Boston Marathon serves as a prime example of why the Adams County Sheriff recently moved to acquire a K-9 Bomb dog. Applying foresight with a proactive approach, the Sheriff saw a real need which was going unmet; the protection of the staff and visitors using the Adams County Courthouse on a daily basis as well as the safety of the general public from threats posed by those who would use explosive devices to cause harm to innocent people.
While there are police K-9 dogs for patrol and drug detection which day in and day out provide a valuable public service, there were no bomb-detection dogs among Adams County’s law enforcement agencies. Moving to meet this need, the Sheriff was able to acquire an explosives-trained K-9 dog and make it available to all law enforcement agencies.
“Alegra,” affectionately known as “Leggy” to the Sheriff’s Office, is a purebred Belgian Malinois; a breed somewhat rare in this country but probably best known as the dog that went in with SEAL Team 6 on the Osama Bin Laden raid.
The K-9 and special training were made possible through a generous donation valued at $8,000 from the Tripwire Operations Group in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. The Sheriff both maintains and cares for the dog at his own expense. In December of 2012the dog and handler were certified meeting the standards demanded of an explosive K-9 Team.
While some may question why a bomb dog was needed, the Sheriff moved forward on this initiative because, as all of us in law enforcement understand, every event which draws major crowds, no matter the locale, is a potential target for terrorists, domestic or foreign. As history has shown, whether the bombings occurred during the Olympics in Atlanta, the New Year’s Eve celebrations in Times Square or more recently the Boston Marathon, what all those bombings had in common was that they occurred outdoors at a public event. Outdoor bomb screening would be difficult but for a bomb detection dog. What terrorists look for is a target-rich environment; the kind that large crowds provide.
Whether it involves the sweeping of an outdoor stage area, the checking of sidewalks and streets along a parade route or anywhere crowds are assembled, bomb dogs unquestionably add to the overall safety of these public venues while at the same time serving as a visible reminder to residents and visitors alike that their safety is important.
Given the numerous scheduled activities and large amount of tourists anticipated to visit our area for the events associated with the 150th anniversary of the Battle of Gettysburg, the availability of a bomb dog gives the Sheriff’s Office and the many law enforcement agencies we work with the services of the K-9 explosive team. That’s one more tool to employ for public safety.
As we move forward with the many events in and around Gettysburg, we would remind members of the public to remain vigilant while they enjoy themselves at the many events. If you see something suspicious, report it to law enforcement. If you observe a suspicious package or object, call 911 and report it. The local police department will respond and can request the services of the bomb dog from the Sheriff’s Office.