Harrison police canine retires

After almost a decade of service to the town, Harrison police canine Arby retired this past month.

Sgt. Edward Detlefs with retiring police canine Arby, who is leaving the force after almost a decade of service to Harrison. Photo courtesy Harrison Police Department

Sgt. Edward Detlefs with retiring police canine Arby, who is leaving the force after almost a decade of service to Harrison. Photo courtesy Harrison Police Department

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

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About Phil Nobile

Phil Nobile has joined The Harrison Review as a staff writer. Before joining the Review, Nobile held internships at The Hartford Courant and The New Haven Register, performing multiple journalism tasks. A graduate of Quinnipiac University in Hamden, Conn., Nobile wrote for the school’s newspaper, The Quinnipiac Chronicle, and held other leadership positions in organizations on campus. Nobile is a lifelong Westchester County resident. He currently resides in White Plains. You can reach him at 914-653-1000 x17 or phil@hometwn.com. You can also follow him on Twitter @harrisonreview.