SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ – The South Plainfield Police Department is expanding its K-9 unit with Patrolman Shane McCoid, and his new partner, Titan, set to hit the streets together by years end.
McCoid, a lifelong resident and patrolman with the force, brought the 13-month-old German Shepherd home last week and, on March 2, the two will begin a rigorous seven-month training course at the Union County Canine Academy. Once complete, McCoid will serve as Titan’s handler on night patrol in narcotics and operations.
“I am looking forward to the training, becoming really good partners with Titan and getting back on the road so that we can continue to protect and serve the residents of South Plainfield,” McCoid told TAPinto South Plainfield.
McCoid, a member of South Plainfield High School’s Class of 2012, attended Union County’s John H. Stamler Police Academy and joined the borough’s police department in 2017. He previously served four years in the United States Marine Corp. It was there, that he got a glimpse of how the canine unit worked.
“When I was in the Marines, a buddy of mine was a K-9 handler and it peaked my interest,” said McCoid, telling TAPinto that, as a member of the department over the past three years, he has ‘looked up to’ its current K-9 handlers, Sergeant Mark Bullock and Sergeant Michael Grasso.
“Those are the guys I have strived to be like; they have a ton a knowledge and I have learned a lot from them,” said McCoid. “To be part of the unit like them and continue this tradition with the police department is a true honor.”
Funding for Titan came, in part, from a $9,750 donation to the police department from the South Plainfield-based Alpha Assembly Solutions. In December 2018, the electronic assembly materials company donated funds from its community giveback initiative to help the police force acquire a new K-9 officer as well as necessary equipment, training for both the dog and his partner, and a year of veterinary care.
Titan will remain with McCoid and his family, which includes his wife, Kaitlyn, and their two sons, Ben and Liam, for the duration of his career and beyond. The family’s first pet, McCoid said Titan, who he personally named, has, in just a few days, ‘fit right in with no problems.’ “Titan is a very strong, confident name and it fit his personality. He is a very social dog and will be a great partner.”
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