“We are very excited to reinstate the K-9 unit and have K-9 Shim join our department, which will provide a valuable service to the township,” Chief Meyer stated.
“K-9 “Shim” is currently enrolled in a K-9 Academy along with his handler, Patrolman Joseph Dellavella.
“K-9 “Shim” will be assigned to our Special Operations Division, however his primary assignment will be with our Patrol Division allowing for a much quicker response time when a K-9 is requested,” the Chief said.
“As our township continues to grow, its became more difficult to rely on outside agencies for a K-9 response,” said Meyer. “Having our very own K-9 Unit in Lakewood, will be an invaluable addition for years to come.”
Chief Meyer would like to thank Sheriff Mastronardy for the canine support his agency has provided over the years, and continues to provide. Chief Meyer would also like to thank the Township Committee, Municipal Manager and the generous local businessmen and merchants who donated to the Lakewood Police Foundation to help fund the canine unit.
K-9 “Shim” will be graduating the academy in a few months, and the Department will be looking to add an additional canine in the fall.
Also recently rolled out, was a new vehicle to the department’s fleet. The F-250 was assigned to the recently-formed Strategic Response Unit. It’s main purpose is to ensure the necessary tools to deal with crisis situations are available to officers at a moments notice.
The vehicle is equipped with entry tools, ballistic armor and many other specialized items that are necessary to ensure quick and safe responses. Officers will use this for both low and high risk calls for service.
“With continued efforts to keep with the trends in law enforcement, these will further advance the safety and security of all Lakewood residents and businesses,” Chief Meyer said.