Participants of the Hanover Youth Public Safety Academy received captivating overviews from Morris County Sheriff’s Office K-9, Bomb Squad and Crime Scene Investigation detectives about the jobs they perform daily.
During the Sheriff’s Office demonstrations on July 12, one youth participant of the two-week academy had his water bottle scoped out and gripped by the arm of a miniature Icor robot used by Bomb Squad detectives. All 12 participants got to pet and pamper Cinders, a Belgian Malinois who specializes in accelerant detection and is partnered with Morris County Sheriff’s Office K-9 Section Detective John Granato.
The Hanover Youth Public Safety Academy – run by retired Hanover Detective Sergeant Thomas Quirk, the township’s current assistant recreation director and Office of Emergency Management Coordinator – gives youths the chance to consider future careers by observing and learning from township police officers, firefighters, emergency medical services and emergency management professionals.
Morris County Sheriff’s Office CSI Detective Bryan Bailey gave the youths an overview of evidence collection and a tour of the crime scene command vehicle typically brought to the scenes of major investigations.
Sheriff’s Office K-9 Section Detective David Marshall, who also is trained in bomb detection, demonstrated how a miniature robot equipped with cameras and remote-controlled by a detective operator is used to approach and enter areas where explosives are suspected of being planted.
The robot, Detective Marshall said, can open doors and peer through windows, helping to protect the lives of emergency responders.
Detective Marshall also showed the youth participants the heavy Kevlar suit that detectives in the Bomb Squad wear if they approach a suspicious package, vehicle or building.
Sheriff’s Office K-9 Section Detective John Granato, accompanied by K-9 partner Spike, a German Shepherd and Belgian Malinois mix, described for the youths the lengthy process of training a dog to scout for missing people, sniff out narcotics or accelerants, and apprehend a suspect, if necessary.
Playing the role of an uncooperative suspect, Sheriff’s Office K-9 Detective Marc Adamsky donned a protective sleeve and refused to obey Detective Granato, who gave Detective Adamsky three chances before commanding Spike to run after and apprehend him.
Hanover Township Firefighters Paul Perrello and Lt. Michael Belott, and Hanover Township Police Officers Rich Camasta and Megan Pritchard were among the instructors working with the Academy participants on Friday.