In 2016, the American Kennel Club started the Canine Officer Program. This program shines the spotlight on dogs who serve and protect the American public. These dogs have a unique skill set, temperament, and intelligence.
Dogs are nominated for the AKC Canine Officers Program by an all-breed club or a specific breed club. The selected dogs are awarded a “Certificate of Appreciation” in a club presentation ceremony and are featured on the AKC website (AKC.org).
On Friday, March 23rd, the New Brunswick Kennel Club presented a “Certificate of Appreciation” to K-9 Officer Zander and his partner Detective Corporal Frank Perez of the Morris County Sheriff’s Office. K-9 Zander was nominated for his service to the community by helping locate and arrest a suspicious person possibly involved in a burglary.
Also nominated by the NBKC was K-9 Officer Django and his partner Detective Eric Hanna. They also are with the Morris County Sheriff’s Office. Unfortunately, they were not available to be at the presentation. K-9 Zander and his partner accepted the certificate on their behalf. K-9 Django helped to locate and arrest suspects in an armed robbery and unlawful possession case.