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Morris County Sheriff’s Office Sniffs out Shelter Dog for K-9 Section

K-9 Boomer with K-9 and animal control officers
K-9 Boomer Adoption Day. Pictured from left to right in the photo: Parsippany Animal Control Officer Kaitlin Kopshaw, Detective Corporal Frank Perez, Detective Sergeant Aaron Tomasini, Detective Corporal Mike McMahon and Parsippany Animal Control Officer Heidi Mooney.

The Morris County Sheriff’s Office has adopted a dog from the Parsippany Animal Shelter to be trained as a single purpose explosive detection dog. K9 Boomer, an 8 month old German Shepherd / Labrador Mix was selected after passing the Morris County Sheriff’s Office K-9 Section’s rigorous preliminary testing standards.

Sheriff James M. Gannon said, “From shelter to a hard working K-9 team, we welcome Boomer to our law enforcement family.”

Opportunity struck when Sheriff’s Detective Corporal Mike McMahon was attempting to adopt a bearded dragon for his son. Parsippany Animal Control Officer Kaitlin Kopshaw spoke to Detective Corporal McMahon about the dog, then known as Becker, expressing he could be a good candidate for police work. The dog had been to a few homes, but returned after a short time due to having a tremendous amount of energy. Detective Corporal McMahon met the dog and conducted preliminary tests of the dog’s abilities.

On September 18, 2017, the shelter dog was evaluated by Detective Sergeant Aaron Tomasini and Detective Corporal McMahon where he qualified to receive training as an explosive detection dog. Boomer was re-named and will become the Morris County Sheriff’s Office 29th Single Purpose Specialty Dog in the history of the K-9 Section.

Sheriff James M. Gannon said, “The K-9 Section will train Boomer to perform his expected duties while continuing to provide a high level of service to the residents of Morris County at no expense to the taxpayers.”

Parsippany Mayor James Barberio said, “The Parsippany Animal Shelter is happy to work in accordance with the Morris County Sheriff’s Office. I am very thankful to the K-9 Section for adopting Becker from our animal shelter, now known as Boomer, and giving him an important job within their task force. We know Boomer will far exceed our expectations and we are anxiously awaiting all that he will accomplish!”

“An opportunity like this doesn’t present itself very often. Having the ability to create a happy ending of a bad situation is truly inspiring. It just proves that every dog has a purpose,” said Detective Sergeant Aaron Tomasini of the Morris County Sheriff’s Office K-9 Section.

Sheriff Announces Opening of “Hope Wing” at the Morris County Jail

Emphasis on Recovery for Inmates Dealing with Addiction

Morris County Sheriff James M. Gannon, in partnership with Morris County Department of Human Services and CARES (Center for Addiction Recovery Education & Success), is announcing the opening of the Hope Wing, a drug/alcohol addiction recovery unit for inmates incarcerated within the Morris County Correctional Facility.

Wardens Gallen and Klein
Warden James M. Gallon (left) and Warden Chris Klein inside the “Hope Wing” at the Morris County Jail

The new Hope Wing is designed to help inmates address their addiction through daily programs such as relapse prevention, anger management, education, spirituality, relationship development, and peer to peer counseling, among others.

This inmate program compliments Sheriff Gannon’s Hope One program, which employs a team of support personnel who travel the county in a mobile recovery access vehicle to offer critical support for persons struggling with addiction, with goals of preventing drug overdoses and deaths.

 “With opioid abuse reaching an alarming level in Morris County, I am proud to announce the opening of the Hope Wing within the Morris County Correctional Facility,’’ said Sheriff Gannon. “The new unit will serve as one of the many components in place designed to reduce the rate of recidivism in Morris County.

“The old idiom of ‘Lock Them Up and Throw Away the Key’ has not worked in the past and will certainly not work in our future.

If we can get the inmates the help they need to combat their opioid and other drug/alcohol addictions during their incarceration, we will greatly reduce dependency related crimes being committed post incarceration.”

Freeholder Mastrangelo standing at a podium
Freeholder Tom Mastrangelo offers support for the Hope Wing program at the event

Joining Sheriff Gannon at today’s event were Morris County freeholders Kathy DeFillippo, Tom Mastrangelo, and Deborah Smith, Prosecutor Fredric M. Knapp, Superior Court Judge James M. DeMarzo, Warden Chris Klein. and Morris County Administrator John Bonanni.

In the Hope Wing program, Sheriff Gannon is placing emphasis on four specific components he believes are necessary to increase an individual’s likelihood of post-incarceration: housing, employment, education and aftercare support services.Professionals at the county correctional facility will work closely with community outreach programs to assist inmates on those key issues.

 Participating inmates must voluntarily enter into the Hope Wing unit and must agree to comply with a regimented weekly schedule determined by certified alcohol and drug counselors on staff at the jail. Daily sessions conducted by the counselors serve as one of many mechanisms employed to assist inmates combat their addiction.

The correctional facility also has a full-time spiritual leader and full-time educator committed to the program. The spiritual leader will assist with rebuilding familial relations and the use of faith in the fight against addiction, while the educator will assist in the development of skills necessary to seek and maintain employment once released from the facility.

In addition, inmates will be get regular visits from community volunteers who specialize in addiction services.

The Freeholder Board strongly supports Sheriff Gannon’s effort to take a positive and constructive approach to dealing with addictions and our growing opioid problem,’’ said Morris County Freeholder Kathy DeFillippo. “Morris County has adopted a Stigma-Free approach when it comes to encouraging residents with addiction and mental health problems to seek help – no questions asked. The Hope Wing fits right in with that philosophy.’’

“The Sheriff is adding another needed tool in our arsenal to fight the addiction epidemic facing our county, state and nation,’’ added  Melody Runyon, Associate Director of Morris County Prevention is Key.

Sheriff Gannon speaking at a podium
Sheriff Gannon at yesterday’s Hope Wing announcement

To learn more about the Sheriff’s Hope One program, visit: https://sheriff.morriscountynj.gov/community/hope-one/

For more on Morris County’s Stigma Free Initiative, visit: https://morriscountystigmafree.org/

For more on Morris County Prevention is Key, visit: https://www.facebook.com/mcprevention/ or http://www.mcpik.org/

For more on Morris County’s programs dealing with addiction and mental health, visit:
https://hs.morriscountynj.gov/addiction/

East Hanover – CrimeStoppers Crime of the Week

On Thursday August 3, 2017, at approximately 10:41 pm, members of the East Hanover Police Department and Fire personnel responded to the area of 11B Melanie Lane on a reported smoke condition. Officers arrived to find two passenger rail cars fully engulfed in flames.  The passenger rail cars are property of Morristown and Erie Railway and were being stored at this location.  After a thorough investigation, the fire is believed to have been intentionally set. The East Hanover Police Department and the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office are seeking help from the public in identifying the people or person responsible for this arson.

We are asking anyone that may have information to please contact Morris County CrimeStoppers at:

www.copcall.org or 973-COP-CALL
Text 274637 using keyword “MORRISTIP”
NO ONE WILL ASK YOUR NAME!
YOU could receive a REWARD up to $1,000.00