SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- Mayor Al Smith and the Scotch Plains Council recognized K-9 Officer Chris Aversa for his decade of service to the Scotch Plains police department on Tuesday evening's Council meeting.

Aversa was the first K-9 officer for SPPD and joined the force after serving with the Union County Sheriff's Officer for 10 years. He also is a certified K-9 trainer and has taught over 100 teams across New Jersey. He has trained with the Secret Service and conducted explosive sweeps for two U.S. Presidents.

Residents of Scotch Plains and Fanwood will recognize Officer Aversa and his partner, Kux, from the many demonstrations he has done in schools, at Boy Scout troops and at National Night Out.