‘Jenner’ Is Newest Officer in Beach Haven

Feb 13, 2019
Courtesy of: Beach Haven Police Department

Beach Haven's newest officer stole the show at Monday’s borough council meeting, which is easy to do when you’re a very energetic 1½-year-old Labrador retriever. 

The police department introduced the public to its first K-9 member, “Jenner.” Capt. Tom Medel said the tan-colored male would be used primarily as a “bomb dog,” one who can sniff out explosives.

“People may ask why do we need a bomb dog in Beach Haven,” said Medel. “During the summer, we get big crowds, so you have to prepare for anything.”

Medel said Jenner could also be used to track missing persons.

“It’s good that we finally have an in-house police dog,” he said. “We can act quickly.”

Sgt. James Lemmo, who is Jenner’s handler, did some demonstration drills with his new charge.

“As you can see, he’s a real bundle of energy,” he said.

Jenner was trained through Penn Vet Working Dog Center, which is affiliated with the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Center. Opened on Sept. 11, 2012, the training center serves as a national research and development facility for detection dogs.

“He began training at 8 weeks old,” said Medel. “He also was trained at the Atlantic County Police Academy.”

Medel said all dogs trained at the center bear the name of a K-9 member who was deployed at Ground Zero following the 9/11 attacks.

“This was a great Christmas present for Beach Haven,” he said.  —E.E.





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