Hopatcong Police Acquire New K-9 Officer
Through a donation by The Lake Hopatcong Elks Lodge 782, Hopatcong PD recently welcomed a new K-9 officer into the ranks
"K-9 Eli is a one purpose dog and that is for drug detection," said Lt. Thomas Kmetz in a press release. "He will be used on motor vehicle stops, school searches and anywhere else where someone may be hiding narcotics."
K-9 Eli along with his handler Officer Thomas Snyder will attend a 14-week training program conducted by the New Jersey State Police K-9 division. Following their completion, Eli and Snyder will be utilized by Hopatcong and surrounding towns to detect narcotics through the borough's K-9 truck that was used by Detective Michael Luciani with his late K-9 Rosco.
K-9 Eli replaces his predecessor Rosco, who spent most of his life as a borough human-tracking dog when he joined in 2005. Rosco survived a life-threatening illness and surgery in November 2012 before his death in July of that year. Prior to his death, Hopatcong honored Rosco with a box of treats and a "You Make a Difference" award in January 2012 and a borough Eagle Scout built a dog house for Rosco at the police department. Over 60 residents attended a memorial for Rosco.
The Hopatcong Police is accepting donations for the K-9 program to cover vet bills, food and equipment. Anyone interested in donating toward K-9 Eli and the department's efforts to detect narcotics can contact Kmetz at firstname.lastname@example.org or (973) 398-5000 ext 234.