YOU READ IT HERE FIRST: A 7-year-old Wallington boy gave the newest addition to Bergen County Sheriff Michael Saudino’s K9 unit a name, topping 150 other contestants by choosing Radar.
Nicholas Guiterrez was recognized during a special K-9 demonstration at the Frank W. Gavlak School, during which several BCSO K-9 officers and their police dogs put on a demonstration.
The youngster also received a certificate of commendation from Sheriff Michael Saudino.
The contest was sponsored by Saudino and A&P during October and November 2011.
A panel of Sheriff’s Officers chose the top eligible entries from the more than 150 submissions, and representatives from A&P selected Nicholas.
Radar was bought thanks to a $5,000 donation from the supermarket chain.
He and his K-9 handler, Officer Joseph Cutrona, are currently enrolled in an intensive 26-week training program to learn basic drug detection and criminal apprehension skills.
Saudino said that his agency “maintains several widely recognized K-9 teams that assist BCSO and law enforcement agencies throughout the state in a broad range of tasks and situations. Canine skills include explosives, narcotics, criminal apprehension, evidence search, tracking, tobacco detection, cell phone detection, cadaver location and recovery.”