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Sheriff's K-9 Unit Receives Regional and National Awards

Over the last few days, our Passaic County Sheriff's K-9 Division competed in regional and national competitions. Our team took home several 1st and 2nd place trophies, including Luna who won "Top Overall K-9 in the Country"

Below is the proclamation from the Freeholders congratulating the officers and their K-9s.


WHEREAS the 2018 United States Police Canine Association National Detector Dog Field Trials and Certification were recently held at Stockton University; and

WHEREAS members of the Passaic County Sheriff’s Office K-9 force and their handlers participated in this four-day event with more than 100 dogs, including FBI and CIA units, as well as dogs from police departments all across the country and Mexico, the officers and their canine companions competed in search categories such as explosives, narcotics, and cadaver; and

WHEREAS K-9 Luna, a 5 year-old Belgium Malinois, together with his partner Cpl. Tony Testino, who has been with the Sheriff’s Office for 17 years and a K-9 handler for eight years, competed and captured first place as “Top Dog for Narcotics” and second place as “Quickest Narcotics Vehicle Search;” and

WHEREAS K-9 Leo, a 7 year-old German Shepherd, and his partner Det. Cpl. Sebastian Biondo who has been with the Sheriff’s Office for 18 years and a K-9 handler for ten years, teamed up with K-9 Luna and Cpl. Tony Testino where they won first place as “Top Department K-9 Teams for Narcotics;” and

WHEREAS the K-9 Unit is an integral part of the Passaic County Sheriff’s Department, and the teams of K-9 Luna and partner Cpl. Tony Testino and K-9 Leo and partner Det. Cpl. Sebastian Biondo have proven that they possess the ability and training to be the best among K-9’s and handlers from across the country and Mexico;

NOW THEREFOR BE IT PROCLAIMED by the Board of Chosen Freeholders of the County of Passaic that it hereby expresses its congratulations to K-9 Luna and K-9 Leo and their partners Cpl. Tony Testino and Det. Cpl. Sebastian Biondo upon their receipt of these awards.