The Woodbury City Police Department K9 Unit was first established in the 1908, when the City authorized the purchase of two tracking bloodhounds but the handlers are unknown. In 1972 the K9 Unit was re-established by Sgt. Joe Szolak and K9 Satan. Sgt. Szolak continued the unit after retiring K9 Satan with K9 King and K9 Jocko. During these years Ptl. Earl Muhlbaier served with K9 Prince. Ptl. Ed Hawley served with K9 Fritz. Chief Carl Kinkler served with K9 General and Lt. Atkinson served with K9 Vador. The unit was placed on hold after Lt. Atkinson and K9 Vador retired. All retired dogs had an extremely successful career for this department. In 2012, Ptl. Robert Garish re-established the K9 Unit with K9 Pitt. Ptl. Garish and K9 Pitt enjoyed an exemplary career until 2015.
Chief Tom Ryan is responsible for re-establishing the K9 unit is 2016. In 2016, Ptl. William Sheehan began serving with his Patrol and Narcotics trained Belgian Malinois, K9 Evo. The two attended and graduated from the Atlantic County John “Sonny” Burke K9 Academy in August of 2017. K9 Evo is currently patrolling the streets of Woodbury.
In addition to the responsibilities the K9 teams take on in their everyday patrol time, the K9’s are often displayed at community events and functions involving the youth of our community.
K9 unit is accepting donations.
Checks can be made payable to:
Woodbury City-K9 Unit.
Ptl. Will Sheehan
856-845-0065 Ext. 120