In case you missed it last night, Channel 6 Action News featured a segment on one of the most powerful, effective assets we have at the Camden County Correctional Facility. His name is Diesel and, along with his handler Corrections Officer Louis Kaelin, he is something that all of Camden County can be proud of.
I wouldn’t necessarily call him a secret weapon. After all, his presence is well known at the jail and he has received recognition all over the country for his scent work, agility and apprehension skills. But I would call him a hero K-9 and top crime fighter because his impact at the facility is unmistakable.
He’s a drug-sniffing superstar in the K-9 world. Warden Eric Taylor said Diesel catches virtually all contraband that people attempt to bring into the jail and thanks to that, there hasn’t been a single overdose there since Diesel came onboard in 2006. Also, accolades have also come in from all across the nation as Diesel and his handler Officer Kaelin have placed and received recognitions at several national and regional competitions.
Most recently, the pair came in 2nd place as part of a local team at the United States Police Canine Association’s National Patrol Dog Field Trials in Louisiana.
According to Officer Kaelin, the results are thanks to intensive, 24/7 training, as well as a commitment from his wife and four daughters. Along with working their regular shifts at the jail, Kaelin spends every morning and evening at home continuing to work on Diesel’s skills.
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“He’s my best friend,” Officer Kaelin said. “He’s my protector and I’m his protector.”
But we all know that Diesel does more than dutifully protect his handler. If a neighboring police department needs the assistance of a K-9, Diesel will be there. If the police need help locating a missing person, Diesel will be there. He protects the entire staff at the jail along with the inmates, and he has the ability to help all of Camden County. On behalf of the Freeholder Board, I thought you would like to know about the hero dog in our midst.
Freeholder Rodney Greco