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Hillsborough: Police Blood Hounds Train at Sourland Mountain Preserve

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Chris Engelhardt of the Hillsborough K9 unit works with Marco during the training session Credits: Courtesy Somerset County Prosecutor's Office
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Mike and Debbie Campbell of South Plainfield give Joker a set of keys to identify the scent for tracking. Their canines are part of the Middlesex County Canine Search and Rescue Team. Credits: Courtesy Somerset County Prosecutor's Office
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Volunteers in the Blood Hound training session follow the dogs up a trail at the Sourlands Mountain Preserve in Hillsborough. Credits: Courtesy Somerset County Prosecutor's Office
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Volunteers pose for a photo with Joker and Marco after the training session. Credits: Courtesy Somerset County Prosecutor's Office
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HILLSBOROOUGH, NJ - The Somerset County Prosecutor’s Office and the Hillsborough Township Police Department coordinated a two-hour training session for “Joker” and “Aleck” both tracking blood hounds utilized by the Middlesex County Prosecutor’s Office at the Sourland Mountain Preserve.

Capt.Christopher Penna of the Middlesex County Prosecutor’s Office, along with Capt.Brian Hoey of the Somerset County Prosecutor’s Office and Officer Chris Engelhardt of the Hillsborough K9 unit, accompanied Mike and Debbie Campbell of South Plainfield and their canines, which are part of the Middlesex County Canine Search and Rescue Team.

The dogs have assisted Middlesex County Law Enforcement authorities in over 50 investigations involving missing and endangered adults and children.

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The mandatory monthly training sessions included several volunteers who were also in attendance on Sunday.

Assisting were Dan Livak and Ranger David Dendler of the Somerset County Park Commission.

"This training session is yet another great example of the relationship between the Somerset County Prosecutor’s Office and the Middlesex County Prosecutor’s Office working together to best serve our community," said Acting Somerset County Prosecutor Michael Robertson.

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