K9 Simon and K9 Argo are specialty trained in narcotics detection, building searches, article searches, tracking, apprehensions, and protection.
Patrolman Garber is a 9-year veteran of the City of Salem Police Department and has been a canine handler for 5 of those years. His partner, Simon, is a 6-year-old Belgian Malinois. Simon's birthday is April 13, 2015. Fun Fact: "At home, Simon acts just like a dog. At the police department... Simon is a crazy dog and super focused on his police work!"
Patrolman LaRosa is a 14-year veteran of the City of Salem Police Department and has been a canine handler for 3 of those years. His partner, Argo, is a 5-year-old Belgian Malinois. Argo's birthday is October 19, 2015. Fun Fact: "Argo is like a switch. He wants attention and belly rubs one minute when we are at the police station, but when he hops in the K9 vehicle, Argo knows it is time to go to work!"
After their police workday, the canines go home where they are truly part of the officer’s family. Simon and Argo enjoy the family home and family outings just like any other traditional pet. The bond that develops between the officer and the canine is exceptionally strong.
K9 Simon was born in Holland while K9 Argo was born in the Czech Republic. Both canines received their initial training at Shallow Creek Kennels in Sharpsville, PA. Shallow Creek is dedicated to providing law enforcement agencies with the highest quality police service dogs imported from Europe.
Salem's K9 Unit is used whenever possible to augment the City of Salem’s police work and provide mutual support with local police departments by using the canine’s specialized abilities. Salem's K9 Unit is available for dispatch 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year!
Salem's K9 officers maintain a high level of proficiency and skills necessary to maintain their certification. Patrolmen Garber and LaRosa train once a week. Enhanced training prepares the teams for situations where the dog's abilities and keen senses are needed to better serve their fellow officers and citizens.
Salem Police Department is affiliated with the Police K9 Association in Canton, Ohio. PK9A trains and assists 40+ active and retired K9’s for 20 different police and sheriff departments. PK9A generously provides a training location, narcan kits, and educational seminars to Salem's K9 Units. Thank you!
Congratulations to Patrolman Michael Garber and his partner K9 Simon who competed in the March 11, 2020 episode of "America's Top Dog". The show featured K9 teams on an obstacle course which tested agility, speed, and teamwork. Garber and Simon won the first and second round competitions. In the finals, they came up 12 seconds short and finished in 2nd place.
Simon was featured in Season 1, Episode 10 of the popular A&E show, “America’s Top Dog”. Simon’s photo was used nationwide to promote the television show as he skillfully jumped over a fence during the competition. "We came out, and we were rockin' it," Garber said. “I was actually really excited because the first round Simon did exactly how I knew he would do … he blew it out of the water!"
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