Austin is a German Shepard and is the Little Egg Harbor Township Police Department's First Police K-9. Sergeant David DiElmo and his partner Austin were trained for Patrol in 1999 at the Atlantic County K-9 Training Center. After completion of the sixteen week class, Austin was certified in all phases of Patrol work. Such work consists of obedience, scent work, criminal apprehension, tracking and socialization.
After completion of his first year on Patrol, Austin was then cross-trained for narcotic detection. During the ten week course, Austin was certified in the detection of marijuana, crack cocaine, methamphetamine, heroin, hashish and ecstasy.
Austin officially retired from active duty effective April 1,2007