Morris County Sheriff’s Office K-9 Section Detective Michael Carbone and his K-9 partner Kaboom were part of a massive security detail at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford that ensured safety on New Year’s Day for thousands of Jewish scholars celebrating Siyum HaShas, which marks the end of 7 ½ years of study of the Talmud.
The Morris County Sheriff’s Office Bomb Squad and K-9 Section are members of the New Jersey Render Safe Task Force overseen by the New Jersey State Police and the state Attorney General’s Office.
The Render Safe Task Force, created after the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, expanded regional collaboration and developed dynamic and proactive methods of deterring, detecting and responding to incidents involving explosives.
Detective Carbone and K-9 Kaboom were at MetLife Stadium – which typically is home to the New York Giants – between 7 a.m. and 4 p.m. on Wednesday, New Year’s Day. Along with four other K-9 teams, Detective Carbone and K-9 Kaboom were assigned to a particular zone of the stadium parking lot where they swept hundreds of vehicles to ensure none were carrying explosives.
There were at least 35 K-9 teams from law enforcement agencies around the state assisting with security.
Detective Carbone said he marveled at being part of a historic event that brought thousands of Jewish people from around the world to the celebration. The Siyum HaShas commemorates the end of a 7 ½ year process that involves reading a set amount of the 2,711-page Babylonian Talmud each day until the tome of Jewish law is finished.
“Kaboom did really well. It’s great how well the dog performs,” Detective Carbone said.
Kaboom, a German Shepherd and Labrador Retriever mix, was living at the Parsippany Animal Shelter, unwanted because of his disobedient temperament. But a Morris County Sheriff’s Officer became aware of the dog and decided to try some training measures to which the dog responded. He ultimately was certified as an explosives detection K-9.
Morris County Sheriff James M. Gannon, whose administration priorities include ensuring the safety of the Jewish community and all 318 houses of worship, said he was proud of the Sheriff’s Office role in protecting all participants of the sacred event.
“I am very pleased that my Agency could be part of protecting a joyous celebration of scholarship and heritage,” Sheriff Gannon said.