K-9 Unit

“Properly trained, a man can be dog’s best friend” – Corey Ford


Our K-9 is a full-time unit and is available 24/7. They have provided their service to various federal, state and municipal details. The services include missing person searches, narcotics, bomb, arson, and cadaver detection, as well as, public demonstrations which assist in the development of community policing.

Our K-9 Unit is presently staffed with 5 handlers, 11 service canines in total to include 3 Bloodhounds, 2 narcotic detection, 3 explosive detection, 1 arson detection, 1 patrol, and 1 cadaver canine. The 3 explosive detection canines are New Jersey Explosives Detect and Render Safe Canine Program certified.

Our K-9 Unit has partnered with the New Jersey State Police’s “Detect & Render Safe” Task force since its inception and has responded to all requests for dispatch. The unit has been responding to requests for assisting neighboring counties since 1962 and to explosive detection requests since 1992. In 2001, two of our K-9 Unit handlers responded to a request to perform tunnel sweeps after the horrendous 9/11 terrorististic attacks.

The Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office, all 33 Municipal Police Departments and various private sector establishments throughout the county depend on the Sheriff’s K-9 Unit to search for missing persons, criminal suspects, narcotics detection, suspisious activity and conduct security sweeps.


To request a K-9 Demonstration or for unit specific inquiries please fill in and submit the
Request for Service Form.

Fax fax icon  732-349-1909
Email email icon  Ocean County Sheriff's Office

phone icon  K-9 Unit contact information 732-557-4427 or the Communications Division at phone icon  732-349-2010.

 K-9 Unit Photo Gallery.