Bucks County Herald

Plumstead police demonstrate their skills and facilities

REBECCA FINK

Plumstead police operate under the philosophy that the best route to serve and protect the community is by connecting with residents during constructive events.

Police Cpl. Mike Johnson headed the second Law Enforcement Night at Hanusey Park last week with officers and residents from all over Bucks County.

Though temperatures were in the mid-90s in searing sunshine, a warm breeze blew through the friendly park atmosphere. Plumstead served up food, ice cold drinks and water ice.

Demonstrations of K-9 German shepherds in criminal apprehensions and scent searches drew the crowd’s attention most.

Dogs from Czech Republic are trained for up to five months initially and then several months more with an officer, and continue training 15 hours a month.

K-9s are used on patrol, for narcotics and missing person searches and criminal apprehensions.

Out of the sky over Hanusey Park whirred a Pennsylvania State Trooper helicopter from the Aviation Patrol Unit in Reading. When they landed, troopers Mike Becker and Jim Erme explained that they cover 21 counties in Southeast Pennsylvania, doing criminal searches and lost person missions using infrared lights and cameras.

Vehicles from the Central Bucks Special Response team and Bucks County Communications Mobile Command post were open and ready to tour the technological possibilities. A track at the park allowed bike officers to demonstrate the use of bikes on township trails, in housing developments, and on auto lots.

Officers from Plumstead, Bedminster, Buckingham, Central Bucks Regional, Doylestown Township, Quakertown, Dublin, Lower Makefield, New Hope, Warrington, Warminster, Warwick, Quakertown, Solebury, Tinicum, Springfield, Perkasie and Pennridge Regional added to the friendly park scene.




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