New K-9 officer helps to locate child

MANALAPAN — The township’s newest police officer has successfully completed his first case.

Police said that at 5:20 p.m. Dec. 17, Patrolman Adam Sosnowski and his new partner, K-9 officer Grim, responded to 520 Route 9 North, Manalapan, for a report of a missing juvenile.

The juvenile’s mother told Sosnowski that after a verbal argument with her 15-year-old son, she left him in her vehicle while she entered a store. When she returned to her vehicle, her son was gone.

Police said Sosnowski used Grim to track and eventually locate the juvenile, who was uninjured and reunited with his parents.

Deputy Police Chief Michael Fountain said this marked the first time Grim was used by the department for tracking duty since he and Sosnowski graduated from a K-9 handler’s training academy on Dec. 11.

Sosnowski and Grim will be going to advanced narcotics detection training in early 2016 to further enhance their capabilities and to improve the quality of life for residents and visitors in Manalapan, according to Fountain.