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Newest Little Ferry Police Officer Separates Work From Play

Little Ferry Police Detective Ron Callahan and Quentin, the department's newest canine officer.
Little Ferry Police Detective Ron Callahan and Quentin, the department's newest canine officer. Photo Credit: Cecilia Levine

LITTLE FERRY, N.J. — The Little Ferry Police Department's newest officer is equal parts playful and obedient.

Quentin, 3, greeted Daily Voice with kisses and a big jump.

He also heeled as soon as his partner, K-9 Detective Ron Callahan, told him to, then sat quietly, panting with excitement.

"When he's working he's working," said Callahan, who is going on his 20th year as a handler -- the longest tenure in Bergen County. "When he's not, he's not."

Quentin is Callahan's fourth four-legged partner and the first Belgian Malinois — the other three were German Shepherds. He was donated by the U.S. Park Police and has already assisted in some drug cases.

Callahan took to him quickly.

"It's more or less of a calling," the detective said. "Once I started, it felt like it was a good fit. It's been going strong ever since."

Since they're on call 24/7, Callahan and Quentin do everything together.

The Callahan clan doesn't mind. The kids help out and mom is a veterinary technician at Oradell Animal Hospital in Paramus.

There's only only catch: Quentin doesn't get along well with Laslow, who was retired by the department last month and also lives with the Callahans.

"[Police dogs] are here for the community," said Callahan, who often brings Quentin to D.A.R.E. and Boy Scout events.

"He's a big mush," he said. "But if when has to work, he's a very good worker."

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