2019-02-09 / Front Page

Law exhibit coming to Ness Fest


Plans are progressing for a law enforcement and public safety exhibit during the second annual Eliot Ness Fest, to be held July 19-21 in Coudersport. Among those giving demonstrations will be Sweden Township Police Chief Bryan Phelps, a certified dog handler, with his trained K9, Jay. A law enforcement vehicle display will also be set up. Plans are progressing for a law enforcement and public safety exhibit during the second annual Eliot Ness Fest, to be held July 19-21 in Coudersport. Among those giving demonstrations will be Sweden Township Police Chief Bryan Phelps, a certified dog handler, with his trained K9, Jay. A law enforcement vehicle display will also be set up. Details are falling into place for a Law Enforcement/Public Safety Exhibits and Demonstrations attraction at the second annual Eliot Ness Fest, scheduled for July 19-21, in Coudersport.

A true innovator and champion of public safety, Ness began his career with the agency that is today’s U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms. He spent the final years of his life in Coudersport.

An ATF panel is expected to return to this year’s festival to honor Agent Ness.

There will also be demonstrations and engaging programs on 21st century law enforcement, including presentations from Sweden Township Police Chief Bryan Phelps, a certified dog handler, and the department’s K9 companion, Jay.

Police dogs are highly trained animals whose duties include searching for drugs and explosives, locating missing people, and uncovering crime scene evidence. Jay’s first tour of duty was with the U.S. Dept. of Homeland Security.

A variety of law enforcement vehicles will be on display. Law enforcement officials from federal, state and local agencies will be on hand to meet the public at a large, enclosed tent to be positioned at the courthouse square.

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