HILLSBOROUGH, NJ - K9 Officer Marco, a Belgian Malinois, retired from the Hillsborough Police Department Oct. 16 after serving the community for 9 years.

Marco was generously donated to the Township by Dr. Caesar DePaço and Deanna Padovani-DePaço in 2013.

K9 Marco assumed the K9 Officer position in 2013 upon the retirement of K9 Raider, the Hillsborough Township Police Department’s first K9 Officer. He was partnered with K9 Officer Christopher Engelhardt and has remained at his side during his tenure at the Hillsborough Police Department.

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K9 Marco assisted in multiple narcotics arrests, located fleeing suspects, assisted with missing children and evidence recovery.

"The Township Committee recognize K9 Officer Marco for his outstanding service to Hillsborough Township for the past 9 years and wish him health, happiness and peace in his retirement," said Mayor Doug Tomson.