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Bureau of Corrections Officer Skates for Charity

David McAndrew takes a sot on goal

Officer David McAndrew has been employed with the Morris County Sheriff’s Office for the past four years but being a Correction Officer wasn’t always his first choice. McAndrew, who like any other kid who played hockey growing-up, aspired to play one day in the National Hockey League. As time went on and McAndrew began his career with the Morris County Sheriff’s Office, he decided to use his talent to help others in the time of need.

David McAndrew proudy became a member of the New Jersey State Policeman’s Benevolent Association Hockey team.  A non-profit organization that represents over 33,000 men and women law enforcement officers from across the state.  The NJSPBA Hockey team regularly competes in charity hockey games against other law enforcement entities from near and afar in fundraising events. In fact, in their first year as an organization, the NJSPBA Hockey team raised over $24,000 for local charities.  The New Jersey Policeman’s Benevolent Association Hockey team also regularly organizes toy drives and delivers the gifts to local children’s hospitals.

“I am very honored to be part of such a great organization where I am able to pay-it-forward,” said Officer David McAndrew.

Morris County Sheriff Games M. Gannon said, “I couldn’t be prouder of Officer David McAndrew. He has proven himself to be a remarkable young man and a great asset to his department. There is nothing more rewarding than reaching out to help a family who is faced with the most unthinkable circumstances. My hat goes off to David McAndrew.”

NJSPBA hockey team photo

The NJSPBA Hockey team will be playing in their next charity game against the New Jersey State Police on December 29th at Mennen Arena to benefit two charities. The winning team will take home 60% of sponsorships and admissions and the losing team will take 40%. The NJSPBA Hockey team will be playing to benefit Mallory’s Army in the fight against bullying so please come out and support the cause.

For more information please go to: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/njspba-vs-nj-state-police-tickets-39717466010 or contact Morris County Sheriff’s Office Captain Steven Piatti @ [email protected]

 

Sheriff’s Office conducts Evacuation and Training at the Courthouse

Employees and members of public seen walking away from the Courthouse.
Employees and members of the public evacuate the Courthouse during a drill on November 22.

On Wednesday, November 22, officers of the Morris County Sheriff’s Office participated in an evacuation and active threat training drill at the Morris County Courthouse during working hours.

The Courthouse was closed to the public from 11am-1pm for the event where employees and members of the public were instructed to leave the courthouse. Electronic signs were visible around the Courthouse notifying the public of the drill and the Morris County Sheriff’s Office posted a message on their FaceBook page of the same.  After the successful evacuation, a large scale active threat training drill was conducted involving the entire agency. Across the street, the Administration and Records Building remained open during the shut down.

Officers watch several video monitors during a drill.
Undersheriff Mark S. Spitzer and Chief Edward K. Crooker monitor the screens during the active threat drill on November 22.

“This is the first time a drill of this caliber has been conducted during working hours at the Courthouse. The Morris County Courthouse is a critical infrastructure. The Morris County Sheriff’s Office has the responsibility of not only protecting the judicial staff, but the state and county employees as well as the public entering the Courthouse to conduct daily business. I am very impressed by the jobs these officers did. We’re going to see more of this training in the future,” said Sheriff James M. Gannon.

Sgt. Rawa addresses approx 20 Sheriff's Officers.
Sgt. Walter Rawa briefs the officers of the Morris County Sheriff’s Office prior to the active threat drill.

The drill went extremely well overall for the first time being conducted during normal operating hours. All participants successfully completed their tasks at hand reinforcing the level of training the Morris County Sheriff’s Office will continue to provide,” said training coordinator Sgt. Walter Rawa.

Det. McMahon working K9 Chip, a yellow lab, around a garbage can.
Detective Corporal Michael McMahon and K9 Chip go to work during the active threat drill at the Morris County Courthouse on November 22.

Sheriff’s Office K-9s recognized by Assemblyman Bucco

On Wednesday, November 1, Assemblyman Anthony M. Bucco of the 25th District presented Morris County Sheriff’s Office K-9 Sigmund & K-9 Loco citations for their work that led to the arrests of four Philadelphia men who are accused of breaking into Ledgewood Powerspots in early August.

wall of names of K-9s who've passed away

On August 3rd, 2017, at approximately 2:12 am, Roxbury Township Police were dispatched to Ledgewood Powersports located at 1368 Route 46 East, Ledgewood on an activated burglar alarm. Roxbury police officers arrived on scene and observed four (4) individuals running from the building.  A foot pursuit ensued and officers set up a perimeter to contain the subjects.  Officers on scene immediately called for the Morris County Sheriff’s Office K-9 Section to respond.

Morris County Sheriff’s Office, Det/Sgt. Tomasini arrived on scene and utilized K-9 Sigmund, a certified patrol dog to search for the subjects.  Following a trail of human scent, K-9 Sigmund was able to track over 50 yards in heavy brush and located and arrested two subjects.  K-9 Sigmund then continued to track human scent in the nearby area resulting in the apprehension of two more subjects.  K-9 Loco, along with handler Det. Carbone, also assisted at the scene. A few days later, Roxbury Police recognized the K-9s with steak dinners.

Assemblyman Bucco presents the citation to Sheriff Gannon, an officer, and a K-9 dogAssemblyman Bucco extended praise and commendations to the K-9s at the K-9 Section’s kennels as he presented the citations and treats.  “I am honored to recognize the officers of the Sheriff’s K-9 Section as well as the dogs that work by their side.  I’m not sure that the residents of Morris County realize how well trained these animals are and how often the dogs are utilized.  The dogs and their handlers are called upon 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.  Like in the Roxbury case, the calls often come in the middle of the night and in all kinds of weather to protect us and keep us safe.  The taxpayers of Morris County are well-served by this Section because municipalities can call when they need assistance, like when Sigmund and Loco were called in the middle of the night in Roxbury to track down four (4) burglars.  They say dogs are a person’s best friend, except if you are a crook in Morris County!” said Assemblyman Bucco.

Sheriff James M. Gannon said, “This citation just proves that Assemblyman Bucco and the New Jersey General Assembly understand how valuable our K-9s are to law enforcement, and how their hard work pays off in keeping the public safe.  I am very proud of the work the handlers and K-9s do to maintain our high level of service to the residents of Morris County.”

Det/Sgt. Tomasini said, “It is not very often that our K-9s receive such a prestigious recognition for the great work that they provide our community every day.  At the end of the day, it is a great feeling knowing that a revered community leader like Assemblyman Bucco supports what we do, and lets us know that we are doing things right at the Morris County Sheriff’s Office K-9 section.”