Law Enforcement: "Nike" owned by Senior Corporal Mark Tobin, New Castle County Police, New Castle, DE
Nike, an 11-year old German Shepherd Dog, spent a decade serving the 500,000 citizens of New Castle County, Delaware, with his partner, Senior Corporal Mark Tobin. The team is responsible for the seizure of 1.6 million dollars worth of drugs and 161 apprehensions ranging from murder to burglary. One of their most important finds includes the discovery of a knife that had been used to commit a homicide. This discovery led to the authorities charging the suspect with murder.
Nike’s tracking ability has also served his community well. In a driving rainstorm, he found a 12-year old who had overdosed just in time to save her life as well as a six-year old autistic boy who had disappeared in 97 degree heat. He also discovered an Alzheimer’s patient who had wandered away from home wearing only a nightgown on a frigid, windy night. On another occasion Senior Corporal Tobin and Nike observed a two-year old child walking alone on a busy street. Nike was able to track back to the child’s father, who was later arrested.