Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Eagle Scout

The Frederick Police Department is pleased to announce that it will be the beneficiary of a local Boy Scout’s efforts to earn his Eagle Scout award.

One of the many requirements for Eagle Scout is the completion of a service project. For his service project, 16-year-old Brandon Harris, of Boy Scout Troop 217 in Middletown, chose to construct a front porch and a deck on the Frederick Police Department’s scenario house.

The scenario house, located at the Frederick Police Department’s training facility off of Linganore Road, is a two-story structure intended to replicate a typical residence. Officers use the scenario house to practice responding to calls for service such as domestic disputes, disturbance calls, and building searches. The structure is being constructed in large part using donated time and materials.

About a year ago, Brandon became aware that the Police Department was in the process of constructing the scenario house using donated time and materials. Brandon contacted the staff at the Training facility and pitched his idea. Over the past year he has completed several tasks necessary to get the project underway and completed. These tasks include, designing the porch and deck, creating a materials list, obtaining donations to purchase the materials, obtaining necessary building permits, organizing a labor force, and starting construction.

So far everything has gone well. Brandon is in the construction phase of the project and is nearing completion. The only things remaining to be completed are the steps and railings – and passing the final inspection.

Brandon will be working on the project again this Saturday, August 29, starting around 0900, In the event members of the media would like to come out and interview Brandon at that time, please contact Sgt. Matt Evans at 301-600-1264 to coordinate the interview.

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