Lieutenant Brad Hill
The Willingboro Police Department K-9 Unit has honorably served the residents of Willingboro and the surrounding communities with distinction since 1966, making it the longest, continually run K-9 program in Burlington County. All of our K-9 teams, both past and present, have met or exceeded the training standards for K-9 Units in the State of New Jersey for patrol work and scent detection, which include: obedience, agility, article searches, building searches, area searches, tracking, criminal apprehension, handler protection and narcotics detection.
The primary function of our K-9's is to serve as a locating tool. Their innate olfactory abilities give officers a distinct advantage when trying to locate missing children, track criminal suspects, find suspects hidden in buildings or wooded areas, or locate narcotics that are hidden within a building or a vehicle.
Currently, the K-9 Unit has one K-9 team and we look forward to training more teams in the future.
For more information on our K-9 Unit, or if you would to support the K-9 Unit, please visit:
Ofc. Patrick DeGrazia / K-9 Niko
Ofc. DeGrazia has been serving the Willingboro Police Department since 2008 and has been assigned to the K-9 Unit since 2016. Ofc. DeGrazia is partnered with K-9 Niko, a black German Shepherd born in Slovakia, who is certified in both patrol work and narcotics detection. Ofc. DeGrazia and K-9 Niko are assigned to the Patrol Division and are quickly making a name for themselves as a highly capable team. In addition to their regular patrol duties, Ofc. DeGrazia and K-9 Niko provide mutual aid assistance throughout Burlington County, assist the Willingboro SWAT Team and Street Crimes Unit, as well as conduct public demonstrations in schools and during community events.