Hunterdon County Prosecutor Anthony P. Kearns, III announced that the Hunterdon County Prosecutor’s Office is forming a K-9 Unit to serve the HCPO Guns, Gangs, and Narcotics Task Force and to assist local law enforcement agencies in Hunterdon County.


Hunterdon County Prosecutor’s Office Detective Edward Pawlick, the unit’s K-9 handler, and a German Sheppard named Finn Barr (Finn), are currently in training at the New Jersey State Police K-9 Scent Detection School. After the completion of Scent Detection School, Detective Pawlick and Finn are scheduled to attend K-9 Basic Patrol School. Finn will serve as a dual purpose K-9 Officer capable of detecting drugs but also able to track criminals and search for missing persons.


According to Prosecutor Kearns, “Police canines are a valuable tool for the detection of crime, the apprehension of criminals, and for search and rescue missions.  At this time, there are only two police canines in Hunterdon County, both are assigned to the Readington Police Department which has served the county as a great resource however, another police canine is greatly needed to assist our Narcotics Task Force and other law enforcement agencies throughout the county.”


Hunterdon County Polytech Principal Daniel Kerr and Construction Science Instructor Charles Lachner were instrumental in assisting the Hunterdon County Prosecutor’s Office with building kennels for their K-9 unit.  As part of their curriculum, students from Mr. Lachner’s day and afternoon classes meticulously designed, constructed, and painted the kennels that will house their new K-9 officer.


In addition to the assistance from Polytech, Dr. Karan Oberhansley D.V.M., of the Whitehouse Veterinary Hospital, has offered to donate routine veterinarian exams and Nestle Purina Corporation will donate food for Finn.


Prosecutor Kearns added, “I would like to thank the staff and students from the Hunterdon County Polytech and Dr. Oberhansley D.V.M. for their support, their assistance has been vital to the success of the program.  It’s a great to see organizations and business owners in the community working together towards the common goal of making our neighborhoods safe.”