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Hackettstown Police Department K9 unit receives $2,000 grant

HACKETTSTOWN, NJ (Warren County) – Aftermath Services awarded the Hackettstown Police Department K9 Unit with a $2,000 check on Tuesday after the department came in 4th place in Aftermath’s annual K9 Grant.

The contest involved nearly 400 nominated agencies and communities nationwide supported them by casting over 484,000 votes from October 23rd through November 3rd via the company’s website and Instagram page, according to Aftermath’s CEO Doug Berto.

“We really want to thank the community, it shows that the Hackettstown community is a special community,” Hackettstown Police Chief James Macaulay said.

The Hackettstown Police Department received 14,500 votes, Berto said.

“I can not thank the community enough, your support not only with the grant but just beyond with this K-9 unit is absolutely amazing and I appreciate it,” Hackettstown Patrolman Christopher Laver said.

“On behalf of the town, it’s easy to get behind a police department and Patrolman. Laver and K9 Jada when you see the dedication and the time spent that everyone does in this town. So, without their dedication, without the support of everybody we probably wouldn’t be standing here,” Hackettstown Mayor Maria DiGiovanni said.

Each year, Aftermath awards grants to law enforcement agencies to improve existing K9 programs or help create new ones by providing financial support for safety equipment, training, and other expenses associated with maintaining a K9 unit.

A total of $22,000 in grants were awarded this year.

Anthony Preziosi contributed to this report.

(Photo: K-9 Demo/Courtesy Hackettstown Police Department)
(Photo: Ptl. Laver, K9 Jada and CEO of Aftermath Services LLC Doug Berto/Courtesy Hackettstown Police Department)
(Photo: Anthony Preziosi | For WRNJ)

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