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K-9 Zero Camden County Policeby Representative Donald Norcross
Posted on 2016-01-07
of new jersey
in the house of representatives
Thursday, January 7, 2016
Mr. NORCROSS. Mr. Speaker, I rise today to honor the life and service
of K-9 Officer Zero of the Camden County Police Department for his
achievements, contributions, and service to the people of New Jersey.
Zero, a Czech Shepherd, joined the Camden County Police Department in 2007. Zero was instrumental to keeping streets safe and sniffing out illegal drugs, but he became a local legend from his ability to find and rescue missing children. Soon he was a local celebrity, known throughout the community for his powerful sense of smell and his friendly demeanor around kids. His personable attitude made him the poster dog for the police force and an essential part of the force's public relations community outreach efforts.
Alongside his handler, Lieutenant Zsakhiem James, Zero quickly shattered the K-9 record for most criminal apprehensions in New Jersey. By the end of his career, he apprehended 68 criminals. On December 29th, 2015, our local hero died of natural causes in the home of his friend and partner, Lieutenant James.
Mr. Speaker, Officer Zero will be remembered for the lives he saved and the unity he brought to the community. His service sets the bar for all K-9 units and I join Lieutenant James, the Camden County Police Department and the residents of Camden County in thanking Zero for his lifetime of service.