The Plum Borough Police Department started a K-9 program in December 1998 with the purchase of a German Shepherd named Tyler. K-9 Tyler was purchased with donations from the community and the Tyler Mountain Water Company. Officer Lee Temple was chosen as the department’s K-9 handler. He and K-9 Tyler were trained in Narcotics Detection and Patrol/Utility. Patrol/Utility consist of building searches, area searches, article searches, tracking, and apprehension. K-9 Tyler had a successful career highlighted by multiple narcotics finds as well as numerous successful tracks of fleeing felons. K-9 Tyler was retired in 2007. During his time with K-9 Tyler, K-9 Officer Lee Temple achieved the rank of Trainer in the North American Police Work Dog Association.
With the retirement of K-9 Tyler in 2007, the Plum Borough Police Department acquired a Belgian Malinois named Voda as his replacement. K-9 Officer Lee Temple subsequently trained K-9 Voda in Narcotics Detection and Patrol/ Utility. To date, K-9 Voda has seized over 1,000 pounds of marijuana and over $250,000 in cash while conducting regular narcotics scans of parcels and searches of vehicles. One of K-9 Voda more memorable achievements occurred when he located a hidden compartment in a suspect’s vehicle that contained a kilo of cocaine. In 2009, K-9 Voda assisted in apprehended a robbery suspect who was attempting to flee a local bank by carjacking a nearby woman. K-9 Voda also regularly assists neighboring police departments with his tracking and detection skills. K-9 Voda and Officer Temple train on a weekly basis to maintain their proficiency with their tracking and detection skills. When not busy with police work, both K-9 Tyler and K-9 Voda have enjoyed conducting demonstrations for a variety of community groups, from boy scouts to senior citizens.
In 2010, K-9 Officer Lee Temple achieved the rank of Master Trainer in the North American Police Work Dog Association (NAPWDA). The NAPWDA has 63 Master Trainers in the United States with approximately 4,000 members. K-9 Officer/ Master Trainer Lee Temple currently conducts training for over 18 K-9 teams in the area, including those in neighboring police jurisdictions.
For more information concerning the Plum Borough Police Department’s K-9 program, contact Officer Lee Temple at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at (412) 795-6800 ext 4332.