Newest Officer on Campus is of the Four-legged Variety

Meet Max: Montclair State's Own K9 Officer

Photo: Garry Rideout

Police Chief Paul Cell and Officer William Comerro of the MSU Police Department, and President Susan Cole welcome Officer Max on his first day.

The Montclair State University Police Department welcomed the newest addition to the 33 law enforcement corps today--a two-year-old, 55-pound golden retriever named Max. President Susan A. Cole officiated at the swearing-in ceremony on September 10 in her office, and Max dutifully accepted his responsibilities to "support the constitution of the United States, the constitution of the State of New Jersey, and the by-laws of Montclair State University" and to "faithfully discharge the duties of a police canine to protect and serve according the best of my ability."

A graduate of the State Police Academy in Sea Girt, Max has trained at locations throughout the state for the last three months with his handler, MSU Police Department Patrolman William Comerro. Dogs from the State Police Academy have been trained according to Attorney General guidelines that sets a uniform standard for all dogs in the state to be able to perform the same tasks. Max is specially trained in narcotics detection and remains with his handler whether on duty or on call, 24 hours a day.

"A canine officer is an additional asset to the Police Department," says Police Chief Paul Cell, "Max is the nose and ears of his officer. His abilities to detect sounds and smells, and go into tight spaces that would be impossible for human beings, extends our ability to keep the campus safe."

When not on duty, Max relaxes at home with Officer Comerro, and enjoys the company of the other dog in the house, Molly, a Great Pyrenees. Max is very open to meeting new people, so if you see him on campus, you are welcome to stop and say hello or shake a paw.