MORRIS COUNTY — The Morris County Sheriff’s Office adopted a dog from the Parsippany Animal Shelter to be trained as a single purpose explosive detection dog. When K9 Boomer was adopted he was just eight months old. The 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.
Morris County Sheriff’s Office K9 Boomer has completed his Explosive Detection Initial Certification with his K-9 handler, Detective Michael Carbone. K9 Boomer, a twenty-one month old German Shepherd / Labrador Mix has been trained at the Morris County Sheriff’s Office K-9 Training Academy. His incredible sense of smell makes him a vital resource to Law Enforcement all over Morris County. He is assigned identification #K9 229 and has quite the success story, going from a shelter dog to being one of the highly trained dogs working in the Sheriff’s K-9 Section.
After 14 weeks of training, Boomer is able to sniff out 21 explosives-associated odors and their derivatives.
“The K-9 Section has trained Boomer over the last year 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,” said Gannon.
“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.
Detective Michael Carbone currently works with three K9 dogs: Loco; Willie, who will soon be retiring, and Boomer. When they are not busy working the dogs resides with Detective Carbone. When asked Carbone, where does Willie go when he retires? He replied very quickly without hesitation, “I will be keeping him, he has been with me for many years, and I have grown attached to him.”