The Hudson County Sheriff’s Office announced the acquisition of 10 new vehicles, five K9 units, and five patrol vehicles. The vehicles will be used in tandem with the new K9s to better serve and protect the residents of Hudson County.
The new K9s were purchased via the Render Safe Grant. Four of them are German Shepherds and will be trained in bomb and explosive detection and patrols. These four K9s are expected to begin working during the early summer months. In addition the Hudson County Sheriff’s Office is the first law enforcement agency in Hudson County to add a Bloodhound. This breed of dog is specifically known for their human tracking abilities; however, it will not be used to track criminals due to their nonaggressive nature. The dog will instead be used to track missing persons, autistic children that have gone missing, and elderly people who suffer from Alzheimer's disease or dementia. The K9 will be available for service by early May 2018.
The addition of these new K9s bolsters the ranks of the Hudson County Sheriff’s Office K9 Unit to a total of seven K9s. Five of them are trained in explosives and patrol, one in narcotics, and one in tracking missing persons.