Patrol Division K-9 Unit

The Patrol K-9 Unit is a uniformed subdivision of the Police Department’s Patrol Division. Officers are assigned to a Patrol Platoon and answer calls like regular officers. When a situation occurs that can benefit from the special abilities of a canine team, they are then assigned to assist with the situation. Two officers are assigned to the K-9 Unit and have undergone rigorous training in order to be a certified canine handler.

Our canine teams are part of the New Jersey Detect and Render Safe Canine Program. They can respond to statewide deployments of the Detect and Render Safe police canines for homeland security and to provide infrastructure security checks.



Officer Cheney receiving his graduation certificate from the New Jersey State Police with his new partner “Ollie”.


The Scotch Plains Police K-9 Unit is used in a variety of situations to assist the residents of Scotch Plains.

  • To search for and detect the presence of explosive devices or firearms

  • To search for and detect the odor of narcotics

    • To search for lost persons

    • To search for hidden suspects

    • To apprehend fleeing suspects

    • To be a visual deterrent for crime





    Contact Information
    430 Park Ave.
    Scotch Plains, NJ  07076

    Emergency: 911
    Non-Emergency: 908-322-7100