After almost a decade of service to the town, Harrison police canine Arby retired this past month.
The 12-year-old German Shepard joined the Harrison Police Department in March 2004 and has since been involved in numerous cases and helped solve multiple crimes over the better part of a decade. Alongside his partner and owner, Sgt. Edward Detlefs, Arby has been an integral asset to the department.
“Police canines can be very useful tools in so many aspects,” Detlefs said. “Becoming a canine handler was something I was always interested in.”
Arby boasts a resume of sniffing out three kilos of cocaine in one search, apprehending four separate burglary suspects and other assists during stops and searches throughout the years, Detlefs said.
Born in March 2002, Arby underwent a five-week training period before joining the Harrison police and being paired up with Detlefs under then Police Chief David Hall.
Current Chief Anthony Marr-accini said, as a former canine officer himself, said the position can be exciting as the team of cop and dog can be the go-to source on certain calls.
“Handling a police dog puts you on the front lines of criminal apprehension, and it’s very satisfying when you are able to assist people in need as a result,” Marraccini said. “[Arby] was a dedicated, strong-serving police dog that assisted this community.”
The Harrison Police Department currently has two other canines. Marraccini said the, department will evaluate the need for a replacement for Arby. The department recently received a $25,000 donation from the Tananbaum Foundation on Jan. 6 for the future purchase of a police canine, defibrillators or items at the chief’s discretion.
Arby will live his remaining years with Detlefs, who admitted life without his partner would involve a bit of “getting back to normalcy.”
“We had a lot of good years together,” Detlefs said. “I love dogs and they make such great partners. They’ll do anything for you and you try to return that.”
-Reporting by Phil Nobile