Morris County Sheriff’s Office Detective Chris Murarik has returned to his job in the Agency’s K-9 Section after a one-year deployment to a Western Asian country with the U.S. Army National Guard.
Detective Murarik now is partnered in the K-9 Section with Brutus, an exuberant 18-month-old Belgian Malinois from Holland whom the Detective will train throughout the next months on obedience, then patrol duties and narcotics detection.
“Brutus is friendly and seems like he’s going to be a great dog. We’re getting to know each other right now and working on obedience,” he said.
Detective Murarik spent his first deployment with the 114th Infantry Battalion providing security for an American military base in the Western Asian country.
“I missed family and friends and the hardest part was being away from them for almost a year. I’m glad to be back at work. I love the job,” Detective Murarik said.
“We welcome Detective Murarik back to the Agency, where he was deeply missed. We are indebted to him for serving in the Army National Guard, and grateful he’s back healthy and safe,” Morris County Sheriff James M. Gannon said.
Detective Murarik previously worked for the New Jersey State Department of Corrections and the Morris County Correctional Facility before transferring in 2017 to the Sheriff’s Office Bureau of Law Enforcement, from which he quickly was assigned to the K-9 Section. The Section’s K-9 teams respond to more than 1,000 calls annually and share services with all 39 municipalities in Morris County.
Before his deployment, Detective Murarik had worked with K-9 Oliver, or Ollie, whose handling and re-certification training was assigned to K-9 Section Detective David Marshal.
Detective Murarik grew up surrounded by dogs and developed an affinity with them since his parents raced Siberian and Alaskan Huskies at competitions in New York, Vermont and New Hampshire.