Explosive Detection Dog Dynamite debuts at Sheriff’s office

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Dynamite, right, making debut appearance for the Galloway Pack 12 Webelo 1 Scouts when they took a tour of the Mays Landing Criminal Court Complex with the Sheriff./Submitted Dynamite, right, making debut appearance for the Galloway Pack 12 Webelo 1 Scouts when they took a tour of the Mays Landing Criminal Court Complex with the Sheriff./Submitted

As the Atlantic County Sheriff’s Office welcomes the New Year, Sheriff Frank X. Balles is excited to be joined by the office’s newest team member, a certified Explosive Detection Dog aptly named Dynamite. Dynamite made his debut appearance for the Galloway Pack 12 Webelo 1 Scouts as they took a tour of the Mays Landing Criminal Court Complex with the Sheriff.

Dynamite, often referred to as Dyno, was donated to the Sheriff’s Office from the nonprofit organization “Canine Partners for Life.” While with CPL, Dyno went through obedience and other trainings to become a service dog, but they discovered that he was too strong and too energetic for the job. It was then that Dyno was united with Sheriff’s Officer Tonya Perednas, his current handler, and they began taking the steps to making Dyno a certified Explosive Detection Dog.

Together Dyno and Officer Perednas successfully completed 13 weeks of intensive training. As a team, they spent countless hours together preparing to work together through any scenario they may be called to help in. Throughout the training, they participated in over 800 searches. “I just can’t believe what a good worker he is. It makes me really proud to have him as my partner,” says Officer Perednas of Dyno. The two-year-old yellow Labrador retriever graduated from AtlanticCounty's John "Sonny" Burke Police K-9 Academy in CorbinCity on Dec. 20.

In the time since the Boston Marathon bombings, it has become increasingly important to have an explosive detection system available in law enforcement offices across the country. To this point, the United States Department of Homeland Security cites Explosive Detection Dogs as “the most effective countermeasure available today for detection of explosives.” In the history of the Atlantic County Sheriff’s Office, Dyno is the first certified Explosive Detection Dog. “Our officers will be better prepared to handle an emergency involving explosives or the suspicion of explosives quickly and efficiently; ultimately, supporting our mission to protect and serve Atlantic County residents,” states Sheriff Frank X. Balles. 

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