The Sheriff’s K-9 Unit falls under the supervision of the Warrant Unit Officer-In-Charge. The unit is comprised of two highly trained explosive bomb dog handlers, who work with both German Shepherd and Chocolate Lab canines that are trained in explosive detection. Both of our K-9 detectives are part of the NJ Detect and Render Safe Task Force (PDF), which is overseen by the New Jersey State Police. This task force is available at all times to assist federal, state and local law enforcement agencies. This task force was the first of its kind in the nation, and is looked at across the county as a template for other states.
Our canine explosive dogs sweep the courts facility buildings and parking areas routinely, to ensure the safety of all visitors and employees throughout the facilities.
Every dog and handler must go through 14 weeks of vigorous training, on land, water and even in the air. Continued in-service training exercises and testing is done to ensure that each K-9 is operationally ready to respond to any reported explosive threat response call.