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Salem County Sheriff's Office  — A Salem County Sheriff’s Officer and his K-9 partner recently graduated from the John “Sonny” Burke K-9 Academy. The ceremony, held on Dec. 3, graduated 10 canine teams during festivities held at the Richard Stockton College. The academy is also known as the Atlantic County K-9 Academy. These K-9 handlers participated in an intensive 12-week scent certification program.

Salem County Sheriff’s Officer Jimmy Endres and his K-9 partner, Roxy, a 3-year-old German shepherd, are expected to start their duties immediately. Roxy was trained in narcotics detection.

The handlers traveled throughout South Jersey to accomplish the training necessary to graduate. The academy also had two instructors from Salem County, Sgt. Rob Hans of the sheriff’s office, and Joe Nicholas, retired from the Department of Corrections.

Head trainer, Joe Rodriguez, from the Atlantic City Police Department, commended the hard work of everyone in this class, known as Scent Class #26. “They were well prepared and ready to work every day,” he said. “We put them through a lot to accomplish the attorney general’s guidelines. They need to do 250 searches; however, we did well over 700 searches. “These teams have received the finest training and will certainly prove to be invaluable assets to their departments and surrounding communities.”

Salem County Undersheriff Warren Mabey said Monday the sheriff’s office will now have three handlers and five dogs available to cover various times throughout the day. He added the sheriff’s office is very happy to have both Endres and Roxy available to provide support to other law enforcement agencies in the county.

Endres was not the only one from Salem County to receive a plaque at the recent graduation. Hans also received an award from the United States Police Canine Association. Nicholas, president of the USPCA, awarded Hans with the Lead by Example Award. Hans was given the award due to his dedication and commitment to the K-9 field. He not only trained the class, but gave his own time by working nights, as he trained the class during the day. Hans donated more than two weeks of his compensation time to teach the class.

Mabey said everyone at the sheriff’s office is proud of everyone who was a part of this latest graduating class. “We are very proud of Sgt. Hans for the recognition he received,” he said. “He’s dedicated a lot of personal time to this endeavor and is highly recognized in this field.” Mabey said he’s also glad that the vehicles and dogs used by the K-9 officers have come at no cost to the county through grants and funding by the K-9 association.


Officer Jimmy Endres (left) and Sgt. Robert Hans (right) with K-9 Roxy, in center, during recent graduation ceremonies at Stockton State College.




A Salem City Police K-9 dog was hit by gunfire from the home. The dog reportedly was hit in the chest and taken to a local veterinarian and is being transported to the University of Pennsylvania's Veterinary Hospital for further treatment.




A SWAT team ended an overnight standoff in Salem, N.J. early Thursday morning, arresting the man who allegedly shot an officer and K-9 while he was holding a woman and three children hostage. The suspect, Lavar Rodgers, released the hostages before the SWAT team stormed the duplex on the 300 block of E Broadway Street, according to State Police Lt. Stephen Jones.

The standoff started Wednesday afternoon when two Salem city officers and a detective responded to a domestic dispute at the home. As police approached the property, the man allegedly opened fire on the cops who then fired back. The officer was grazed by a bullet. He was treated at the scene. The K-9, Jordan, was hit in the abdomen and was in stable condition at the University of Pennsylvania's Vet Hospital. The hospital says that the bullet did not hit any major organs. The dog is suffering from minor lung bruising. The hospital also says that the bullet is still in the dog but that there is no pressing need to remove it yet. Jordan will be sent home in a few days and will then return to the hospital so that surgeons can assess the bullet removal. Surgeons say that it will be an easy procedure.

The relationship between Rodgers, 24, and the hostages was not clear, but both adults had different names and lived in separate houses on the same street, authorities said. About 100 people from nearby homes were evacuated and taken to a nearby shelter, police said

 (  Sentenced to 62 years in prison  )


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