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Berks Sheriff's Department K9 Demo

Date: 2/8/2010


After a recent snowfall, the Berks County Sheriff's Department visited Alvernia University to show a group of senior citizens how their K9 crew trains dogs to work in the field. The event was part of a Seniors College spring course "Police Work — The Real Story." Seniors College courses are offered to seniors (age 55 and over) who are interested in learning about a variety of academic topics (including finances, history, computers, religion, and politics). Visit the current Seniors College schedule for more information.

"Police Work – The Real Story" is a five-week long Seniors College course featuring Sgt. Tom Endy, Wyomissing Police Department; Chief Christopher Neidert, Exeter Township Police Department/Berks County Emergency Response Team Commander; Eric Weaknecht, Berks County Sheriff; and several guest speakers.

Popular television dramas like CSI and Law and Order continue to capture the public’s interest in criminal investigations and forensics. In this course, local police officers and law enforcement officials share their real-life experiences about patrol and emergency response, the K-9 unit, drug enforcement, and what really happens at the scene of the crime.

Click here for more information about Alvernia's Seniors College.


Photos from the demo:

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bark photodown photo

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About Alvernia University

Alvernia is a selective, private university located in historic Berks County, Pa., that combines the academic rigor of a comprehensive university with the personal attention of a small liberal arts college. The institution offers more than 600 courses with 50 majors and minors. Guided by Catholic Franciscan values and the ideal of “knowledge joined with love,” Alvernia offers a rigorous, caring, and inclusive learning community committed to academic excellence.

  • History: Established as a private four-year liberal arts college in 1958, Alvernia celebrated its 50th year by being awarded university status in 2008.
  • Heritage: Founded by the Bernardine Sisters, a Catholic religious order, the university embraces the Franciscan core values of service, humility, collegiality, contemplation and peacemaking.
  • Motto: “To Learn, To Love, To Serve”
  • Campus: The main campus in Reading is 121 acres, with two satellite campuses in Philadelphia and Pottsville (Schuylkill County).
  • Location: Our residential campus is situated three miles from center-city Reading, in the scenic Blue Mountain area of Eastern Pennsylvania.
  • Enrollment: 3,000 students attend Alvernia including 1,500 traditional undergraduates, 600 continuing education students, and 780 graduate students. Over 77% of first-year students live on campus.
  • Faculty: Our professors are accomplished scholars, experts in their fields, and supportive mentors. The student-to-faculty ratio is 14:1. Most classes are 20 students or fewer.
  • Athletics: NCAA Division III, member of the Commonwealth Conference of the Middle Atlantic States Athletic Corporation and member of Eastern College Athletic Conference, 8 men’s and 10 women’s intercollegiate sports.