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 ten K-9’s with eight handlers.  There are four explosive detection teams, two are cross-trained in patrol, three narcotic teams and 3 tracking K9’s :

 

K9 Supervisor/Trainer/Handler:

Sergeant David Lasko & K-9 Edge

 

German Shepherd

 

Narcotics/Patrol Teams

K-9 Handler

S/O Devon Mockus & K-9 Harley

 

Labrador Retriever

 

Explosive/Patrol Teams

K-9 Handler

S/O Douglas Marino & K-9 Blue

 

Belgian Malinois

 

Explosive/Patrol Teams

K-9 Trainer/Handler

S/O Kurt Kroeper & K-9 Skye

K-9 Gunner

 

Bloodhound

Labrador Retriever

 

Tracking Team

Narcotics Team

K-9 Handler

S/O Michael Deluca & K-9 Leo

 

German Shepherd

 

Explosive/Patrol Teams

K-9 Trainer/Handler 

S/O Michael Mindo & K-9 Tango

K-9 Reece

 

German Shepherd

Bloodhound

 

Narcotics/Patrol Teams

Tracking Team

K-9 Trainer/Handler

S/O Ralph Irizzary & K-9 Fuze

 

Belgian Malinois

 

Explosive/Patrol Teams

K-9 Handler

S/O Imbriacco & K-9 Maggie

 

Bloodhound

 

Tracking Team

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.