Police layoffs may take a bite out of Hillside K-9 unit

The K-9 unit at the Hillside Police Department just finished 26 weeks of training at a cost of about $100,000, but now the program is

HILLSIDE - The K-9 unit at the Hillside Police Department just finished 26 weeks of training at a cost of about $100,000, but now the program is at risk due to police layoffs.

Although the K-9 program is funded through a federal program and is not in the police budget, officials say it may still face losses. On graduation day, two police officers who were training with the dogs, Robert Bartell and Michael Flowers, received layoff notices, along with three other cops.

The Mayor Joseph Menza tells News 12 New Jersey he's close to a deal with council members and the police unions to try and save all five human jobs, and to keep their furry partners fighting crime.

advertisement | advertise on News 12

Trending Video

VIDEO: News conference on arrest in murder of 1 VIDEO: News conference on arrest in murder of Sarah Butler
Khalil Wheeler-Weaver, 20, was charged with the murder 2 Arrest made in murder of college student found in W. Orange
Police: Teen student arrested for terror threats against 3 Police: Teen student arrested for terror threats against Linden High School students
A recent rash of shootings in Asbury Park 4 Police in Asbury Park calling for cease fire
Dozens of fellow officers show up to support 5 Dozens show up to support fired Wayne police officer

advertisement | advertise on News 12

Features

It's good to know you have Walt Kane Kane in Your Corner

It's good to know you have Walt Kane in your corner.

News 12 takes a look at the hottest Tech Check

Eric Landskroner has a look at the latest gadgets and biggest stories in tech.

News 12 On the Scene

Check out these exclusive videos from New Jersey celebs!

Sorry to interrupt...

Your first 5 are free

Access to News12 is free for Optimum, Comcast®, Time Warner® and Service Electric℠ video customers.

Please enjoy 5 complimentary views to articles, photos, and videos during the next 30 days.

LOGIN SUBSCRIBE