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Request for Honor Guard

The Somerset County Sheriff’s Office Honor Guard is a group of specially trained officers assigned to present the colors of the United States of America, the State of New Jersey, and the County of Somerset. The Honor Guard is utilized for high ceremonial occasions such as inaugurations, police academy graduations, important addresses by governmental leaders, or solemn occasions where honor is bestowed.  They are involved in a variety of duties that include, but are not limited to posting colors at a ceremony, funeral guard, parades, representatives for memorial services, and many other related events.

If you are requesting services for a funeral or memorial please include who it is for, what agency, what type of services or honors you are requesting, if the deceased was active/reserve/retired law enforcement, if they were previously in the military, if the military will be participating, and if their agency was notified of their death.  Please be as specific and detailed in your request as possible, and please also include the best ways and times to contact you regarding your request.

The Somerset County Sheriff’s Office will make every effort to provide our Honor Guard for your event, depending on date, time and availability of one of our Officers.  We require that you provide us with all the details, including advance notice, so appropriate assignments can be scheduled.  Due to the high volume of requests that we receive, it’s recommended that you make your request three weeks to a month prior to the day of your event. Please keep in mind that the amount of time the Honor Guard can remain at your facility may be limited due to other requests that may have been scheduled for that day.

If you would like to arrange the Somerset County Honor Guard for an event, please complete a request form. Contact Lieutenant Alan Santoro with any questions: 908-231-7140 (ext. 2308).

Request for K9 Demostration

The Somerset County Sheriff’s Office will make every effort to provide a K9 Team demonstration for your event, depending on date, time and availability of one of our K9 Teams.  We require that you provide us with all the details, including advance notice, so appropriate assignments can be scheduled. Emergencies arise, and K9 teams may have to cancel any engagement to assist their community or other communities as public safety is our utmost priority. If this occurs, we apologize and another date may be arranged.

These K9 demos are designed to portray the skill involved and the work performed by the K9 teams on a daily basis, plus give both children and adults an opportunity to gain knowledge and ask questions about the K9 Unit. Basic obedience, agility, article search, simulated criminal apprehension and mock narcotic searches can be demonstrated. The one-on-one interaction encourages children to build trust toward officers and to understand the function of a trained police dog. The value of these exhibitions has proved immeasurable for the public. Demonstrations have been provided in schools, senior centers and various community events with professional organizations and law enforcement entities.

A demonstration will consist of an overview of our K9 Unit (names/breeds/ages/origin/specialty), training/motivation, work assignments, home life, retirement, demonstration of specialty, questions/answers,  and distribution of K9 baseball cards.  It is important to understand that our dogs are selected and specially trained for the specific purpose as a working police dog.  They are not genetically intended to possess the same traits as a pet in order to produce a constant desire to work.  It is standard practice for police agencies to not allow the public to “pet” police dogs. 

These K9'S are remarkable and provide extraordinary value to the lives of the citizens we serve. Somerset County Sheriff’s Office K9 teams perform approximately 100 demonstrations a year for communities in -our county. The K9 Program continues to promote an atmosphere of community awareness and positive public relations through these K9 demonstrations.  Due to the high volume of requests that the K9 Unit receives, it’s recommended that you make your request three weeks to a month prior to the day of your event. Please keep in mind that the amount of time the K9 Team can remain on your facility may be limited due to other requests that may have been scheduled for that day.

If you would like to arrange a K9 demo in your area, please complete a request form. Contact Lieutenant Alan Santoro with any questions: 908-231-7140 (ext. 2308).