SOMERSET COUNTY, NJ — Bernardsville residents Dr. César DePaço and Deanna Padovani-DePaço donated $72,500 to the Somerset County Sheriff’s Office K-9 Unit.
In a ceremony at their headquarters on Nov. 24, Somerset County Sheriff Darrin J. Russo thanked the DePaços for their very generous donation.
This donation will allow the K-9 Unit to expand by adding two additional narcotic detection dogs, along with all the costs associated for the dog’s training and their K-9 vehicles.
Sheriff’s Officer Michael Kromar & K9 Casanova along with Correction’s Officer Danier Soffer & K9 Caesar are currently attending the Bergen County K-9 Academy and will be graduating later this year.
“There are a lot of people who support law enforcement in many ways. César and Deanna have gone above and beyond in their support of Police K-9 Units across the state. Their generous donation today has been very instrumental in providing much-needed services within the community while maintaining fiscal responsibility,”said Sheriff Russo as he presented the DePaços with Honorary Sheriff credentials along with framed Sheriff’s Office uniform in a shadowbox.
“On Behalf of all members of the Somerset County Sheriff’s Office Corrections Division, I would like to take this opportunity to publicly thank César and Deanna Padovani-DePaço for their very substantial and generous donation. One of the donated K-9’s named ‘Caesar’ will be the very first K-9 assigned to the Somerset County Jail and will become an essential part of our overall security and preventative safety efforts, said Warden Paul Kaminsky of the Somerset County Jail."
K-9 Unit Sergeant Shannon Snook mentioned “the generosity by the DePaço family to the Somerset County Sheriff’s Office K9 Unit is overwhelming” as the K-9 Unit will grow from 3 officers/4 dogs to now 5 officers/6 dogs covering disciplines in Narcotic Scent Detection, Explosive Scent Detection, Human Scent Detection, Arson Scent Detection along with Patrol capabilities.