Established in 1993, the K-9 Unit of the Mercer County Sheriff's Office began with just two specially trained dogs. Since then, it has grown into an extensive law enforcement unit specializing in the pursuit of missing persons, criminal searches, explosive detection, tracking and much more. Today, Federal, State and local law enforcement, including Presidential security details and post-disaster recovery teams depend on the unit’s specialized services.

Having served in the K-9 Division of the Trenton Police Department early in his career, Sheriff Jack Kemler supports the significant role K-9 units can play in demanding and extraordinary law enforcement situations.

Explosive detection dogs respond to the needs of every law enforcement agency in Mercer County and the surrounding area for bomb threats and suspicious packages. The unit participates with the NJ Detect and Render Safe Task Force to assure homeland security and provide infrastructure security checks.  The K-9 Unit plays a major role in protecting the terminal areas of the Trenton-Mercer Airport, mostly called on to search unattended luggage and suspicious packages. The unit also assists at large sports venues, transit stations, special events, and dignitary details.  The K-9 Unit responds swiftly on requests for missing children and adults, Alzheimer's patients and the search for fugitives.  The unit also responds to crimes and special situations including disturbances, street fights, public unrest, and building searches for dangerous suspects. K-9 teams generally average over 150 assignments per year.

Sheriff Jack Kemler

Unit Commander:  Undersheriff Ellison

Unit Head:  Lt. Harbourt

K-9 Supervisor:  Sgt. Drew

Teams include:

Explosive:

Handler and K-9:

Sgt. Fedor and K-9 Cita

Ofc. Papero and K-9 Nero

Ofc. Bonfonti and K-9 Brock

Ofc. Caruso and K-9 Porter

Ofc. Conover and K-9 Argo

Tracking (Bloodhound):

Handler and K-9:

Ofc. Smithson and K-9 Maverick

Ofc. Papero and K-9 Nero

Patrol:

Handler and K-9:

Sgt. Drew and K-9 Norbo

Ofc. Papero and K-9 Nero

Ofc. Caruso and K-9 Porter

Ofc. Conover and K-9 Argo

All requests for K-9 services or demonstrations should be made to the Mercer County Sheriff’s Office at (609)-989-6111.