Senate Approves Increased Penalties For Threatening Police Dogs

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Senator Kip Bateman (R-16) speaking in support of Dano’s Law (S79/A495) which was approved by the New Jersey Senate. Pictured with Bateman are Captain Tim Pino (seated-left) and Sheriff Frank J. Provenzano of the Somerset County Sheriff’s Office who were present to support the bill. (Photo courtesy of the Senate Republican Office)

Senator Kip Bateman (R-Somerset) speaking in support of Dano’s Law (S79/A495) which was approved by the New Jersey Senate. Pictured with Bateman are Captain Tim Pino (seated-left) and Sheriff Frank J. Provenzano of the Somerset County Sheriff’s Office who were present to support the bill. (Photo courtesy of the Senate Republican Office)

TRENTON — The state Senate approved a bipartisan bill to enhance penalties for threatening animals used by law enforcement agencies.

“Law enforcement depends on animals like dogs and horses for a variety of critical public safety functions,” said Senator Christopher “Kip” Bateman (R-Somerset), a sponsor of the bill. “Local departments invest heavily in training police K-9s for their integral roles in search and rescue operations, narcotics investigations and explosive detection. Police departments treat these animals as a true member of the force and we need to do all we can to protect them from harm.”

Dubbed “Dano and Vader’s Law,”  the proposed legislation would add to current law by making threatening the life of a law enforcement animal a fourth degree indictable offense. Conviction of a fourth degree crime is punishable by up to 18 months imprisonment, a fine of up to $10,000, or both

Bateman  and Senate Deputy Majority Leader Paul Sarlo (D-Bergen) sponsored this legislation after a 2008 incident involving Dano, a K-9 in the Somerset County Sherriff’s Office, and his handler, Lt. Tim Pino. During the arrest of a suspected drug dealer in 2008 the suspect’s boyfriend tried to distract police by threatening to kill Dano.

Vader is Atlantic City’s most productive police K-9 since coming into service in 2008. Vader has helped apprehend 95 criminal suspects, many involving physical apprehension.
Vader is Atlantic City’s most productive police K-9 since coming into service in 2008. Vader has helped apprehend 95 criminal suspects, many involving physical apprehension.


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