Meet Jada, Hackettstown police department’s new K-9 recruit

HACKETTSTOWN, N.J. (Warren County) – The town council unanimously approved the Hackettstown police department’s new K-9 program with its newest recruit Jada and handler Patrolman Christopher Laver at Thursday nights council meeting.

“Members of the police department approached me last year about the start of the K-9 unit to help stop the growing heroin epidemic and to assist with crimes such as armed robberies and home invasions,” Chief James Macaulay said.

An evaluation process was put together by Chief Macaulay and Patrolman Christopher Laver was selected as the K-9 handler.

Jada, a 16-month-old Belgian Malinois, was born and bred here in the United States.

“I have had her in my possession since she was a few months old,” Patrolman Christopher Laver said.

Jada will be housed with Patrolman Laver and he will be her sole handler. They’ll attend training for narcotics and patrol in the upcoming months.

“I am passionate about Hackettstown and helping reduce the growing crime,” Laver said.

According to Chief Macaulay, “The K-9 will be a great asset for community policing and narcotics interdiction.”

Patrolman Laver has launched a T-shirt fundraiser to assist with offsetting the annual K-9 costs. The T-shirts are $10.00 and to pre-order a shirt, contact Patrolman Christopher Laver via email at

By: Jay Edwards
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