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Morris County Sheriff’s Office Detectives Showcase K-9, Bomb And Crime Detection Skills At Hanover Youth Public Safety Academy

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.

Participants of the Hanover Youth Public Safety Academy with Morris County Sheriff's Office Detective Bryan Bailey and Hanover Township police officers and firefighters on July 12.
Participants of the Hanover Youth Public Safety Academy with Morris County Sheriff’s Office Detective Bryan Bailey and Hanover Township police officers and firefighters on July 12

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.

Members of the Hanover Youth Public Safety Academy lavish attention on Cinders, a Morris County Sheriff's Office canine trained to detect accelerants at suspected arson scenes. K-9 Cinders' handler, Sheriff's Office Detective John Granato, stands at left.
Members of the Hanover Youth Public Safety Academy lavish attention on Cinders, a Morris County Sheriff’s Office canine trained to detect accelerants at suspected arson scenes. K-9 Cinders’ handler, Sheriff’s Office Detective John Granato, stands at left.

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.

Morris County Sheriff's Office K-9 Spike apprehends Sheriff's Office Detective Marc Adamsky at the command of Detective John Granato during a demonstration July 12 at the Hanover Youth Public Safety Academy.
Morris County Sheriff’s Office K-9 Spike apprehends Sheriff’s Office Detective Marc Adamsky at the command of Detective John Granato during a demonstration July 12 at the Hanover Youth Public Safety Academy.

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.

Morris County Sheriff's Office K-9 Section and Bomb Squad Detective Dave Marshall demonstrates the maneuverability of a miniature robot used as a tool in explosives investigations.
Morris County Sheriff’s Office K-9 Section and Bomb Squad Detective Dave Marshall demonstrates the maneuverability of a miniature robot used as a tool in explosives investigations.

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.

 

Morris County Sheriff’s Office K-9 Detective Teams With Morris County Park Police To Find Missing Person At Silas Condict Park In Kinnelon

Morris County Sheriff’s Office K-9 Section Detective John Granato successfully teamed with the Morris County Park Police to locate a man who fell asleep off a hiking trail in the densely-wooded Silas Condict Park in Kinnelon.

Morris County Sheriff's Office K-9 Section Detective John Granato with K-9 partner Spike.
Morris County Sheriff’s Office K-9 Section Detective John Granato with K-9 partner Spike.

Detective Granato and his K-9 partner Spike, a 4-year-old Belgian Malinois and German Shepherd mix, were requested by the Park Police to assist in a search for the owner of a vehicle that was seen in a Silas Condict Park parking lot about an hour after the Morris County-owned park named for a Revolutionary War patriot had closed for the day.

Park Police Officer Anthony Brunone spotted the vehicle the night of July 9 while making a security check at the park. The scenario that unfolded – the discovery of a car, the missing operator, personal items left in the vehicle –  mirrored a simulated search and rescue training operation jointly conducted on June 26 by the Morris County Sheriff’s Office and the Morris County Park Police.

Morris County Sheriff's Office K-9 Detective John Granato with K-9 partner Spike.
Morris County Sheriff’s Office K-9 Detective John Granato with K-9 partner Spike.

Detective Granato responded to the park around 11:30 p.m. Tuesday with K-9 Spike, who scouted the area for nearly 90 minutes and did not locate a trail of human scent.

Close to 1 a.m. on Wednesday, July 10th, Detective Granato let Spike take a rest as Spike had already responded to two others calls – a missing juvenile and a burglary.  Detective Granato and Morris County Park Police Officer Bryan Petitt trekked up a dirt trail that hadn’t previously been searched.  They then saw indications that the missing driver had been on the trail and continued their search with the aid of flashlights.

Off one side of the trail is a sixty foot drop down to a pond.  On another side of the trail, about 20 feet down, Detective Granato said, he noticed a pair of feet and pants in his flashlight beam. He yelled out the man’s name but received no reply.

Detective Granato shouted again and saw the man – later identified as the adult operator of the vehicle – startle awake. Detective Granato said that he and Officer Petitt assisted the uninjured man out of the wooded nook he had selected as a nap site, up the incline to the trail, and then to the parking lot.

Morris County Sheriff's Office K-9 Detective John Granato with K-9 partner Spike
Morris County Sheriff’s Office K-9 Detective John Granato with K-9 partner Spike.

 

The located driver told the officers he went to the park to watch the sunset and fell asleep, never realizing how late it had gotten. Morris County Park Police Lieutenant Chris List said the driver was examined by the Kinnelon Emergency Medical Squad and driven home.

Detective Granato said he is grateful the driver was not hurt, as he might have been had he tried to leave the park in the dark and accidentally tumbled down a hill into the pond.

“This search that ended happily is a perfect example of the seamless, mutual aid relationship the Morris County Sheriff’s Office has with the Morris County Park Police. While K-9 Spike was resting, the officers showed their concern by continuing their search until the driver was found,” Morris County Sheriff James M. Gannon said.

“This was great team work,” Lieutenant List said.

Lieutenant List said the search at Silas Condict Park was the second of the day for the Morris County Park Police. Earlier on Tuesday, they received a cell phone call from an injured bicyclist at another county-owned park. The bicyclist was found and transported to safety by Morris County Park Police Officers using ATVs and a rescue trailer, Lieutenant List said.

Morris County Sheriff James M. Gannon Honored As A “Patriotic Employer”

Morris County Sheriff James M. Gannon has been cited as a Patriotic Employer of National Guard and Reservists by the United States Department of Defense.

Morris County Sheriff James M. Gannon, right, receives a Patriotic Employer citation from Gerard J. Felt of the U.S. Department of Defense Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve program.
Morris County Sheriff James M. Gannon, right, receives a Patriotic Employer citation from Gerard J. Felt of the U.S. Department of Defense Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve program.

Morris County Sheriff’s Office Detective Thomas Reilly – a National Guardsman who currently is serving his second deployment with Bravo Company, 104th Engineer Battalion – nominated Sheriff Gannon for the honor.

Gerard J. Felt, a volunteer with the Employer Support of the Guard & Reserve (ESGR) program, hand-delivered a pin and a plaque to the Sheriff at his office in Morristown on Tuesday.

“I’m very honored and appreciative,” Sheriff Gannon said. “The Morris County Sheriff’s Office employs National Guard and Reservists of the highest character who sacrifice time away from their families and friends to  protect the freedoms we cherish.”

The Patriotic Employer citation given to Morris County Sheriff James M. Gannon.
The Patriotic Employer citation given to Morris County Sheriff James M. Gannon.

The Morris County Sheriff’s Office currently has 12 officers between its Bureaus of Law Enforcement and Corrections actively serving in the National Guard or Reserves, and employs many other military veterans and former Guardsmen and Reservists.

ESGR was established in 1972 as a United States Department of Defense program that promotes cooperation and support between employers and employees who serve in the National Guard or Reserves.

Reserve components of the United States Armed Forces include the Army National Guard, the Army Reserves, the Navy Reserves, the Marine Corps Reserves, the Air National Guard, the Air Force Reserve, and the Coast Guard Reserve.

Detective Reilly characterized Sheriff Gannon in his nomination as a fully supportive leader.

“Sheriff Gannon is very supportive of all military personnel. He never gives us a hard time if we miss work due to our National Guard obligations. He keeps in contact with our families while we are away and is willing to give any needed assistance at any time.”

The plaque names Sheriff Gannon as a Patriotic Employer for “Contributing to National Security and Protecting Liberty and Freedom by Supporting Employee Participation in America’s National Guard and Reserve Force.”