In 2021, Chief Meyer recognized a need for specialty K-9s within the Lakewood Police Department. For nearly 30 years, the Lakewood Police Department lacked K-9 teams and relied solely on the efforts of outside agencies to respond and assist Lakewood Police Department with K-9 operations. The department currently has three K-9 teams trained in narcotics detection, explosives detection, building searches, article searches, apprehension, and tracking. K-9 teams respond to assist on a township wide basis 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
The Lakewood Police Department K-9 unit is responsible for assisting field and detective operations in the detection, and deterrence of crime. The K-9 teams are utilized as an investigative tool to locate missing or wanted people, as well as evidence relating to crimes. Each K-9 team consists of a police officer and their K-9 partner. Each K-9 team attends specialty training in order to be certified consisting of sent detection, tracking/trailing, or patrol operations consistent with the New Jersey State Attorney General Guidelines.
Captain Leroy Marshall
Special Operations Commander
Sgt. Leonard Nieves Jr