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February 14, 2012 > Welcome Ares and Eliot

Welcome Ares and Eliot

By Simon Wong
Photos By Brian Edwards, Newark Library

Newark Mayor Al Nagy, Council members and residents warmly welcomed Ares and Eliot, the latest K-9 additions to Newark Police Department, at the February 9, 2012, City Council meeting.

Officer Mavrakis became a canine-handler in September 2011 with his canine partner, Ares, a German Shepherd from Germany. Ares understands commands in German. At canine school, both trained in apprehension, searching, handler protection and obedience before starting to patrol the City of Newark. They will attend Narcotics Detection School to learn to discern a greater variety of illegal drugs. Mavrakis and Ares train together daily to maintain proficiency in all areas; they have been utilized on several occasions and undertaken security checks for criminal activity.

The bond between Mavrakis and Ares was immediate; Ares has adopted the Mavrakis family members with whom he lives. Ares recently reminded his handler that although he is a well-trained public safety partner, he is a dog in need of some potty training. Mavrakis had to steam-clean the carpet at 4:30 a.m. after they had finished their shift.

Officer Jackman was appointed a canine officer in September 2010. Eliot is a German Shepherd from the Czech Republic, accepts commands in German and has been with Newark PD since graduating from the Canine Academy in 2010. He and Jackman work in the Patrol Division. Eliot graduated from the Narcotics Detection Course in June 2011 on completing 160-hours of training over four weeks.

Jackman and Eliot receive several hundred hours of training annually to maintain beat proficiency and obedience, handler protection and narcotics detection. Some of the Canine Unit's goals include search and apprehension of criminal suspects and furthering community interaction. Both have been called upon numerous times without Eliot having bitten anyone to-date. Besides finding drugs and drug paraphernalia, Eliot has also assisted with many priority calls. In his spare time, Eliot enjoys long walks, the beach and spending time with his feline friend, Marty.

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