Congratulations to a good friend of South Wall, Ptl Ed Lister and K9 partner Titan who recently graduated K9 Scent class for narcotics detection and K9 Patrol School. Good luck and be safe! ... See MoreSee Less
The Wall Township Police Dept. is proud to introduce their newest K9 team. On April 24, 2015, K9 Titan and senior Handler/K9 Trainer, Patrolman Ed Lister successfully completed the City of Long Branch K9 Scent class for narcotics detection. This was the follow-up to the Basic Patrol class which was completed January 23, 2015. The team has met all the New Jersey Attorney General Guidelines for K9 training and is recognized as a Certified dual purpose K9 Team.
Ptl. Lister was assigned as a full time trainer to assist Supervisor Trainer, Long Branch Sgt. Robert Shamrock with both courses of instruction as he continues to work towards his own Supervisor Trainer's certification.
K9 Titan, a four year old German shepherd, served for two years on the Stafford Township police Dept., and was donated to Wall Township after his handler was promoted to the rank of Sergeant. Patrolman Lister's previous K9 partner, K9 Hades served from 2005-2015 and is enjoying retirement at Patrolman Lister's residence.
Patrol trained K9 teams assist with regular police activities that involve human scent such as tracking wanted/missing persons, locating evidence through human scent, conducting building searches and apprehending suspects. Narcotics detection teams are trained to locate various illegal controlled dangerous substances in a variety of environments.
Wall Township's K9 unit currently has three teams with the graduation of K9 Titan, they are all dual purpose teams. Ptl. Emmett Idzahl and K9 Daza are the other narcotics team, Ian Hatch and K9 Sable, explosive detection.
Since the unit’s inception in the early 80's, Wall Township Police Dept. has one of the longest standing K9 units in the region. Former handlers still active in the department include Chief Robert Brice, Det. Lt. Pete Lokerson and Sergeants Chad Clark and Eric Olsen. In 2011 Patrolman and Supervisor trainer Steve Powers retired after serving the unit since 1989 with five different K9 partners.
A 16 year veteran of the Wall Township Police Department, Ptl. Lister has served 11 years on the K9 unit, and was a member of the Special Response team as well as the traffic enforcement unit. Lifelong Wall resident and 1987 Wall High School graduate, Ptl. Lister also served in the United States Marine Corps from 1987 to 1991 achieving the rank of Corporal as a Squad leader in the infantry while deployed as a member of Operation Desert Shield/ Desert Storm.