Eagle Scout project benefits Broken Arrow police

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Updated: 3/07/2013 10:12 am Published: 3/06/2013 8:10 pm

A Broken Arrow teen is determined to fulfill his pledge by doing his best to help the community to fight crime.

The Broken Arrow Police Department needs a training facility for its K9s.

"My dad has been a police officer pretty much all of my life," said Gabe Sipes.

Boy Scout, Gabe Sipes' inspiration couldn’t be clearer.

"Some of the K9 officers are some of my best friends and I have always had a special place in my heart for them,” said his father, Broken Arrow Police Captain Greg Sipes.

Gabe is part of the Boy Scout Troop 975 in Tulsa and hopes his heart and dedication is worthy of an Eagle Scout.

"Part of the Boy Scout law is to be helpful and with the community and with other people. I want to give back to the community and what they have done as police officers."

He put together plans for Broken Arrow’s first police K9 training facility.

"We want the dog to be exposed to every possible avenue and environment that we encounter when we are on the street,” said BAPD K9 Officer, Marque Baldwin.

He says it’s about building confidence and endurance for his K9 Ajo.

“We have to make sure the dog does not fail,” said Baldwin.

Gabe is determined to help them succeed by designing a training facility with expandable jumping fences.

"They can start it out when the dog is younger and hasn't been trained yet and it won’t be scared,” said Gabe.

So, they can fearlessly enter the force and give their human partners an extraordinary advantage.

"Whether it is jumping fences, jumping over other obstacles to apprehend a fleeing felon,” said Baldwin.

Currently, Ajo trains on a playground but with Gabe’s Eagle Scout project he is helping police meet the Broken Arrow Police Department mission.

"The obstacle course will build up the confidence and also increase the bond between the handler and the dog,” said Baldwin.

The size of training facility will depend on how much money is raised.

Gabe set up a Facebook page “Operation K9-An Eagle Project” to raise awareness and money for his project.

If you would like to donate money or time call the Broken Arrow Police Department at (918) 451-8200.

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