Monmouth County Sheriff’s K9 Unit Helps Campers Get through the Dog Days of Summer

Monmouth County Sheriff’s K9 Unit Helps Campers Get through the Dog Days of Summer
Posted on 08/18/2017
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Campers at Kateri Day Camp were greeted by Officer Kurt Kroeper who spoke to them about the different types of K9 units (explosive, narcotic, and tracking) and explain how each dog is taught to search and track. Officer Kurt brought along with him K9 Gunner, a black Labrador Retriever who is a part of the Narcotic Detections team, and K9 Skye, a Bloodhound who is a part of the Tracking team to demonstrate their training.

Kateri Day Camp partners with Monmouth County Sheriff's k9 unitNarcotic Detections K9s are trained to sniff for drugs with the ultimate reward being their favorite toy. “He wakes up every day thinking that his job is find his toy,” Officer Kurt explained to the campers. Skye, the polar opposite energy-wise from Gunner, took her time sniffing the flowers and campers as she leisurely made her way to the stage.  What was most interesting about Skye and bloodhounds in general is that when they put their noses to the ground to sniff, their long ears dragged on the ground and agitate the dirt, cells, and scents remaining on the ground. This makes it easier for them to pick up the track of missing people, criminals, or anyone else they are looking for.

Alliene, a CIT (Counselor-In-Training) at Kateri Day Camp, was one of the lucky audience members who was called on stage during Officer Kurt’s presentation to demonstrate just how gentle and camera loving Skye was. “We had [Officer Kurt] come to our school but we didn’t get to pet the dogs. I love animals and was so happy that I got called up,” exclaimed Alliene.  The presentation was a great way for the campers to learn about the role of law enforcement and to participate in a friendly community activity with the Sheriff’s Office. 

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