Construction Program Honored for Assistance Building Police K9 Training Facility

Officer Matthew Snyder, Jeff Pakula, and Officer Brian RemsOn December 15, 2020, Upper Moreland Township K9 Officers, Brian Rems and Matthew Snyder, presented Eastern Center for Arts and Technology (EASTERN) Construction Technology Instructor, Mr. Jeffrey Pakula, with a plaque for the Construction Technology program’s contributions to building the tri-township K9 training facility for Upper Moreland, Hatboro, and Warrington Police Departments. The new training facility is located in Warrington Township at Lower Nike Park.

EASTERN Construction Technology students, along with Mr. Pakula, worked to build the training apparatus such as obstacle course search boxes used in agility and search test training for the police dogs. The facility contains six boxes for suspect searches, including low crawl, hurtles, long jump, cat walk, and two separate dog runs. The project was started in 2019 and completed in early 2020. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic restrictions, the Police Departments were unable to have an official ribbon-cutting ceremony to thank all their partners who assisted in building the facility, but they hope to schedule something for the near future.

Officer Brian Rems, Jeff Pakula, Dr. Cathleen Plesnarski, and Officer Matthew Snyder joined by Police K-9.“This was a great experience for my students,” said Jeff Pakula, EASTERN Construction Technology Instructor. “They were able to use their carpentry skills in a way that is not typical in my class. I am looking forward to inviting them to the K9 training facility so they can see their efforts in action.”

Maintaining a K9 Unit benefits the community and surrounding communities. The K9 Unit is available on call 24/7 for high priority incidents for the purposes of tracking, searches, and explosive or drug detection. The K9 program is integral in keeping both residents and officers safe as they fulfill their duties.

Lay the foundation for a towering future! Get satisfaction from building projects and working with current materials used in the field to refine your construction skills. This two-year career program is the first step for students interested in pursuing a successful career in the construction field. Students will work on both residential and commercial construction in the school’s lab area. For more information on Construction Technology at EASTERN, please visit https://www.eastech.org/eastern-programs/con/K9 Training Facility provided by the Upper Moreland Township Police. K9 Training Facility provided by the Upper Moreland Township Police.

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