The Monmouth County Sheriff’s Office K-9 units are called upon year-round to assist local police departments with narcotics detection, explosive detection and criminal or missing person searches.

The Sheriff’s Office K-9 unit presently consists of nine  dogs with eight handlers.  The teams are broken up in to four explosive detection teams, four narcotic detection teams, and six patrol teams:

 

Sergeant David Lasko & K-9 Edge German Shepherd Narcotics/Patrol Teams
S/O Devon Mockus & K-9 Harley Labrador Retriever Explosive Team
S/O Douglas Marino & K-9 Blue Belgian Malinois Explosive/Patrol Teams
S/O Joseph Aretino & K-9 Ari German Shepherd Narcotics/Patrol Teams
S/O Kurt Kroeper & K-9 Gunner  Labrador Retriever Narcotics Team
S/O Kurt Kroeper & K-9 Skye Bloodhound Tracking Team
S/O Michael Deluca & K-9 Leo German Shepherd Explosive/Patrol Teams
S/O Michael Mindo & K-9 Tango German Shepherd Narcotics/Patrol Teams
S/O Ralph Irizzary & K-9 Fuze Belgian Malinois Explosive/Patrol Teams

 

During the days and weeks immediately following the World Trade Center attack, two Sheriff’s K-9 teams worked closely with the Port Authority Police to provide explosive detection searches at the bridges and tunnels leading to New York City. Other Sheriff’s Officers served as “spotters” providing security for the dog handlers while they worked. During the 10 days following the attack, Sheriff’s Office K-9 teams conducted explosive detection searches on over one thousand vehicles at the border crossings between New Jersey and New York.

The Sheriff’s Office K-9 units undergo rigorous ongoing training programs to maintain proficiency in basic skills and ensure continued effective performance in the field. Each K-9 team must complete a state-mandated 10-week training course at a certified K-9 training facility. After completing this initial training, Sheriff’s K-9 teams must maintain at least eight hours of in-service training each month.