K9 Jake of the Camp Verde Marshal’s Office died suddenly Monday night. He was 11 and set to retire next year.
Jake, the Camp Verde Marshal's 11-year-old, Czechoslovakian shepherd passed away suddenly Monday night while he and
his partner Sgt. Oscar Berrelez prepared for their nightly shift. It is believed Jake died of natural causes after
an examination by his local veterinarian. Berrelez was prepping to transition Jake to retired life the first part of 2013.
Jake was born on July 25, 2002, and was purchased by the Camp Verde Marshal's Office in March of 2004.
Jake pioneered the K-9 program for the Camp Verde Marshal's Office. He graduated from the
Adlerhorst Police Dog School in January 2005 where he received certification in Narcotics Detection.
During his almost nine years of service, Jake had success at finding drugs, completing searches,
participated in demonstrations, and touched many lives throughout the community along the way.
In Jake's honor, the local AZCOPS chapter will be donating a law enforcement urn which will be added
to the Camp Verde Marshal's Office memorial dedication, to be placed in front of the department
located on First Street in Camp Verde. To contribute to the memorial in Jake's honor, please contact
the Camp Verde Marshal's Office at (928) 567-6621.
submitted by Jim Cortina, Dir. CPWDA
In Loving Memory of
October 5, 2012
Handler: Officer Alex Aguilar
Laredo Police Department
4712 Maher Avenue
Laredo, TX 78041
Remembering Joey: K-9 Officer Honored for Lifetime Service
The Laredo Police Department paused for a moment of silence in honor of one of their own.
Police K-9 'Joey' was euthanized Friday morning after suffering from terminal cancer that, officers say,
made his life very difficult. The K-9 division remembered Joey as a tough dog that helped take
thousands of pounds of drugs off the street, and as K-9 officer that was quite an escape artist.
This is the first memorial of it's kind at the Laredo Police Department, but officers say it was time to
pay tribute. Sgt. Jorge Luna with the LPD says, "A lot of people don't realize the importance of
these K-9s to us, especially as K9 officers, they are our partners. We consider them police officers,
as well. They are our backup; these are our partners." Officer Alex Aguilar, from the K-9 Division,
says "We do spend all shift long. We work 24 hours off-duty. I go to work with him. I go home with him.
We have to care for them. He gives love unconditionally. Joey, he's a lab, so he's friendly
and played a lot with my boys." Joe was assigned to the pipeline interdictions unit since 2005 through this year. submitted by Jim Cortina, Dir. CPWDA
In loving memory of LPD K-9 Joey who was laid to rest after a fight with cancer.
Rest in Peace and thank you for your service to your handler, your police department and your community.
K-9 Officer Alex Aguilar holds a memorial plaque honoring Joey.
In Loving Memory of
July 9, 2012
Handler: Officer Sean Cooper
Salem Police Department
It is with great sadness that the Salem Police Department announces the passing of retired canine Jack
on July 9, 2012. Jack was 11-years old and had a very productive six year career with his handler,
Officer Sean Cooper. Jack was a Belgian Malinois, born in May 2001. He earned an IPO-3 Title and was
imported to the United States from Holland by Adlerhorst International in November 2004.
Officer Cooper and Jack attended the Adlerhorst Basic Police K-9 School in Riverside, Calif.,
and went into service with the Salem Police Department in January 2005. He retired on March 27, 2011.
Jack had many firsts for the Salem Police Canine Unit. He was the first and only cross trained patrol dog,
trained to search for both suspects and drugs. Jack searched cars, houses, attics, crawl spaces, fields, yards,
and anywhere a suspect could hide or where drugs could be concealed. In his long and successful career,
he conducted over one thousand drug and suspect searches and compiled a long list of captures. He was
involved in the arrest or capture of 741 suspects. In addition, he located 41 pounds of drugs and seized
$121,000 in cash. Jack was also the first Salem Police canine to be awarded a department Medal of Valor.
Jack received the Medal of Valor for his actions during the capture of an axe wielding suspect.
Officer Cooper deployed Jack as the suspect raised the axe above his head in a threatening manner. The suspect
swung at Jack, narrowly missing him with the blade but still knocking him to the ground when the handle
struck him. The suspect attempted to flee but Jack sprung back to his feet and gave chase. Jack quickly
captured the suspect, knocking him to the ground and holding him for Officer Cooper. Jack's
actions not only distracted the suspect's attention away from Officer Cooper, but they also kept
Officer Cooper from having to use deadly force to stop the suspect. Jack was also rewarded with the Oregon Peace Officer's Association Purple Heart Award for the same incident. Jack was a very
successful police service dog that will forever be remembered as a Warrior! Rest in Peace!
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Justis, the Brown Deer Police Department's Dutch Shepherd who worked all over the area, helped sniff out drugs,
chase down criminals and taught children about the police department. Sadly, his service ended Wednesday
when he passed away from a quickly on setting infection. "He’s going to be missed because he did work
with a lot of different people," Brown Deer Police Chief Steven Renzel said. "Entries, drug searches,
there were school searches we had, plus he was also very friendly with kids." And while Justis was a member
of the Brown Deer Police Department, Renzel said he's assisted communities all across Southeastern Wisconsin
including Oak Creek, the North Shore, Ozaukee and Washington counties, to name a few.
Justis was taken to a veterinary hospital in Madison where the doctor determined Justis passed
away from Gastric Torsion, a type of bloat common in large-breed dogs. Renzel said the department had no
idea Justis was even sick because he was such a strong dog. "These dogs are trained to ignore pain," he said.
"A homespun dog, we may have noticed it. But these dogs, the first thing you notice is they usually
stop eating. He didn’t eat breakfast that morning, and he passed away in the afternoon." Justis had been
a member of the department for eight years and was scheduled to retire in January. He would have been
11 in September. "That’s why we were having this National Night Out for Justice,
because he’s retiring," Renzel said. "We’re still going to be doing it,
but it just has a little bit different meaning now." submitted by Jim Cortina, Dir. CPWDA
A DPS K-9 was left in a hot squad car for more than an hour Wednesday has been euthanized.
Jeg, a 6-year-old Belgian Malinois, was rushed to a veterinary hospital and was doing well overnight
but took a turn for the worse early this morning, Officer Carrick Cook, a DPS spokesman said earlier
in the day. Jeg’s condition was described as touch-and-go earlier Thursday and he was put down at 2:35 p.m.
Jeg had signs of organ damage and had been seen by a specialist to determine what additional
treatment might help. Jeg was left in a squad car by his handler who was switching vehicles at DPS
headquarters, 6401 S. Tucson Blvd. The officer realized he left the dog in the first car
while on his way to a crash and turned back around to retrieve him.
On Thursday afternoon, the state identified Officer Korey Lankow as Jeg’s handler.
Lankow was with Jeg when Capt. Jenna Mitchell, the canine district commander,
made the decision to euthanize.
Lankow came to DPS in October 2005 following a 22-year career with the United States Air Force,
the state DPS said in a news release. After his academy training, he was assigned to the Tucson Highway Patrol
district for several years before being selected for the Border Crimes Unit.
Lankow became a K-9 officer in 2009. He remains in paid administrative leave while the police
conduct a criminal investigation and the state DPS does an internal review.
Jeg was in the car for more than an hour before the officer returned about noon to get him out.
The temperature at noon in Tucson Wednesday was 98 degrees. Lankow cooled down the police dog with water and ice, officials have said. When paramedics arrived,
they continued the cooling process using ice packs and water. They also gave the dog oxygen and took
him to the animal hospital.
Columbia Police Department K9 Jinx died early Tuesday. She was 8 and had worked at the police department since 2003.
An 8-year-old Columbia Police dog has died. Jinx, a German/Dutch shepherd mix,
died early Tuesday morning after a sudden medical emergency, said Jennifer Timmons,
a police department spokeswoman. The dog’s death was from natural causes and not service related.
Jinx was trained in apprehension, tracking, patrol and narcotics detection and had worked at the
Columbia Police Department since 2003, Timmons said. Her parents also were K9 service dogs for the department.
Her partner was Sgt. P.J. Blendowski. “She was a really sweet dog,” Timmons said.
The department is expecting to pick up another police dog this week from a training academy in Maysville, Ga.,
Timmons said. That dog’s arrival was planned before Jinx’s death.
The department hopes to acquire another dog to replace Jinx, Timmons said. submitted by Jim Cortina, Dir. CPWDA
Retired police dog, "Justice," had to be put to sleep Saturday night. He was 14.
K-9 Liberty retired K-9 Justice and handler Officer Dennis Bradshaw who brought a new generation of "super dog"
to Monroe in the fight against crime.
Police officers are mourning the loss of Justice, a longtime police canine who had recently retired. Justice had to be put to sleep on Saturday night. He was 14. During Sunday's Memorial Day Ceremony, L. David York, the Master of Ceremonies, is expected to say a few words on the German Shepherd's behalf. The ceremony will follow today's parade, which starts at 2 p.m. Justice had worked with Officer Dennis Bradshaw, his partner. Since Justice retired, Bradshaw has worked with police K-9 Liberty.
The following is an excerpt about Justice from a story written for Patch by Carol Banner which ran on Aug. 1,2011: On June 26, 2006, a vehicle was pulled over in Monroe for an obstructed windshield. The driver had a suspended license. Officer Dennis Bradshaw and his partner K-9 Justice were summoned. Within minutes Justice indicated drugs were inside the car. The trunk was opened revealing a backpack filled with seven plastic bags containing more than a pound of marijuana. There were also items to cultivate marijuana, rolling papers, pipes and a scale, plus $2,283 in the glove compartment. That was only one of K-9 Justice’s feats. He served Monroe from 2003-2010. During those years he racked up over 280 narcotic arrests, 41 successful tracks and 18 apprehensions. submitted by Jim Cortina, Dir. CPWDA
Raynham Police Chief James Donovan and his K-9 Jambo worked together for the Raynham Police Department
until Jambo retired due to health issues and age. Jambo died in late April.
A former canine cop for the town of Raynham died late last month, leaving the town’s police chief mourning the loss of a faithful friend and crime fighter. Owned and trained by Raynham Police Chief James Donovan, the German shepherd named Jambo — brought to Raynham from breeders in Presov, Slovakia — was one in a series of dogs who have served the town’s police since the late 1970s to help local law enforcement track down criminals and gather evidence. “It’s very hard for me and my family,” Donovan said of Jambo, who was retired from police work in 2009 due to health issues and the wear of age. “He helped find lots of bad guys.
He literally saved people’s lives, locating innocent people who certainly would have died otherwise. He was a very good tracker.” Donovan has continued to work with a K-9 even after he was appointed as chief from sergeant in December of 2010. He currently works with a police dog named Bear, the seventh K-9 to work for Raynham police since the force started using the animals about 35 years ago, which Donovan said is not typical for a smaller town police department. “Having a K-9 is excellent, it’s huge,” Donovan said. “It sends a message to the element of society, that may want to prey on Raynham, that we are literally going to doggedly pursue you. ... The dogs are most enthusiastic employees.
They love to come to work. They never want to take a day off. As soon as they put a uniform on or put on the radio, the dog gets very excited.” Retired Raynham Police Chief Lou Pacheco said that one of the most important aspects of having a K-9 is the cost-effectiveness, in terms of putting officers on the clock to participate in time-consuming searches for fleeing criminals. “Say once you get somebody in the woods, if you really want to find the guy and don’t have a dog, you’ll use tons of manpower to find the guy,” said Pacheco, the last Raynham police chief, who also used two police dogs during his time as a sergeant and a lieutenant. “With a dog, all you need is a minimum perimeter.
If you keep the perimeter up, you’ll get the guy.” Pacheco said the Raynham K-9 Unit has been responsible for literally thousands of arrests since 1978 — almost all of them felony arrests. “Everything from armed robberies (to) attempted murders, in many different jurisdictions,” Pacheco said. Pacheco said that with a K-9 of their own, Raynham police have been able to help out cops in neighboring communities. “(The dogs) have been used for riots in Brockton, and investigations in Taunton,” Pacheco said. In the past, dogs preparing for the Raynham police used to be trained at the Boston Police Department, Pacheco said; today, they are trained at the Plymouth Sheriff’s Department, Donovan said.
Donovan said the training is rigorous, and has become more intensive over the years. The training nowadays is four months for a patrol dog. “It’s very physical,” Donovan said. “There is a lot of exposure of dogs to different environments, gunfire, vehicles and other animals, so they can work through the distractions. They are taught commands and that sort of thing. You are training the dog and handler to interact and work together so the handler can recognize what the dog can tell them.” Donovan said the training has a strong focus on locating missing items and searching buildings for people.
The work that police dogs do has inspired one Taunton woman to establish an organization devoted to protecting canines in the line of duty. “A lot of police departments don’t have budgets to provide protective equipment for their dogs,” said Sandy Marcal, who founded Vested Interest in K-9s in 2009, providing 64 vests to police dogs last year and 15 this year so far. “I think it’s necessary to have police dogs in every community. They have a keen sense of smell, and most of the police tell me they trust their dogs’ instincts.”
Marcal said that she has always been impressed by police dogs who put their lives on the line, making human police officers safer in dangerous situations. Taunton Police K-9 handler Robert Swartz agreed that the work done by police dogs reduces the risk to human officers in certain situations. “The dogs can an indicate the presence of person before we approach him, potentially helping us in a dangerous environment,” said Swartz, who uses a drug-sniffing dog, but added that the Taunton department also has another K-9 trained for firearm detection.
“It gives us an idea when we are getting closer to a person instead of blindly walking into a dark room or wooded area. Not only can the dog find suspects, but as it gets closer it lets the handler know, and it gives us some time to prepare for the encounter.” Jambo’s success, overcoming injury. Throughout Jambo’s career serving the Raynham Police Department, he overcame medical issues that stood in his way. “One really big thing with Jambo is when he was four years old, he had embolism in his spine, and his back legs just didn’t work, keeping him out for about three months,” Donovan said. “He had to do therapy constantly.
He had several things like that and fought through and recovered. One time I accidently closed the cruiser door on his tail and broke it, and he still found the guy. Another time he fell through ice in a cranberry bog, and still found the guy we were looking for.” Donovan said that on two occasions Jambo tracked down dementia patients who wandered off in bad conditions and “certainly would have died otherwise.” Donovan said that before his retirement, Jambo tracked three kids nearly four miles from Borden Colony in Raynham where they fled from a stolen car to the center of Taunton in 2008.
“His first track that we used him was when he helped find a man that stole a pocketbook from a woman at Hess on Route 44,” Donovan said. “Over the years, he’s found knives from armed robberies, and masks that we could tie back to the suspect. One time he located a video camera when kids were taping themselves committing acts of vandalism.” Donovan said Jambo quickly became “a member of my family” and slept on the couch in his home. “For a police officer that does this K-9 thing, it’s a huge commitment,” Donovan said. “It’s not a typical shift. It’s a 24-hour/365-day commitment. It’s not like you get assigned to motorcycle patrol and you park it in a garage. It’s a part of your life. He wasn’t just my partner, he was a member of my family. He was great with my kids. His death is very hard on my family.” submitted by Jim Cortina, Dir. CPWDA submitted 5/16/12
Littleton's First K9 Dies The Littleton Police Department announced the recent death of K-9 Jenny, its first K-9 dog, who made it through demanding levels of training and assisted in drug seizures and protecting officers. "She was the first canine to serve the Littleton Police Department and the town of Littleton since the implementation of the department's police K-9 program in 2001," said Littleton Police Chief Paul Smith. Jenny died of natural causes associated with her old age. "K-9 Jenny distinguished herself numerous times in the line of duty in tracking suspects who fled on foot, protecting her handler while on patrol, and discovering illegal narcotics, resulting in drug seizures and asset forfeitures," said Smith. "She was a good patrol dog."
Jenny's handler was former Littleton Police Officer Fred Gilbert, who now works for the New Hampshire Department of Transportation as a highway truck operator. The German Shepherd served the Littleton Police Department for three years, from 2001 to 2004. "The selection process for these K-9s is extensive," said Smith. "A lot of dogs are washed out even before they start the training process." The process begins when they are puppies and are put through tests to see how the react to various stimuli, he said. Once they are selected, they are put into a certified training program.
Jenny achieved certifications in tracking and searching, patrol handler protection, and detection of narcotics -- a huge feat, Smith said, that many other K-9 dogs can't achieve. "To have that triple certification is big for a small police department," said Smith. "You are maximizing that canine, which is very important. Just like a police officer, a dog has to wear multiple hats." K-9 Jenny's successor was K-9 Wizard, who served the Littleton Police Department until 2008. Wizard is owned by former Littleton K-9 Officer Matt Culver, who now works for the state Liquor Commission.
"These working dogs generally live only 9 years and you only see them on the job for five years before they are retired out," said Smith. The Littleton Police Department began with a K-9 named Jerry Lee, but "he didn't pass the muster," said Smith. Jenny was the first Littleton K-9 to make the training and be deployed with a handler, he said, and the department has been fortunate with K-9s Jenny and Wizard. Because of the fiscal constraints, Littleton's K-9 program has been on hiatus since 2008. "If we can be creative and find a way that isn't a financial burden to the community, we'd love to bring the program back," said Smith.
Gilbert and Jenny held many demonstrations for service groups and local youth organizations and schools and Smith said young people in the community might remember her. "We're very proud of K-9 Jenny and her accomplishments and dedication to her community," said Smith. "She was an outstanding asset to the Littleton community and was a dedicated member of the local law enforcement team." submitted by Jim Cortina, Dir. CPWDA
In Loving Memory of
April 7, 2012
Handler: Officer Nevin Webb
Akron Police Department
217 S. High St.
Akron, OH 44308
Retired Akron Police K9 dies
A retired Akron Police K9 has died. Liberty (Joey) Webb passed away Saturday, April 7 at the age of 9. Liberty joined the police department in January 2004 at 12 months old. He was assigned to Officer Nevin Webb. He retired in August 2011. Liberty handled numerous K-9 related calls for service, leading to multiple arrests. He apprehended burglary and robbery suspects, recovered contraband, participated in building searches and made numerous public appearances to schools and community events.
Liberty was a true asset to the Akron Police Department. submitted by Jim Cortina, Dir. CPWDA
In Loving Memory of
April 3, 2012
Handler: Det. Paul Sires
West Haven Police Department
200 Saw Mill Rd.
West Haven, CT 06516
He was described as “the best partner,” known for finding an abundance of criminals and missing people, and was awarded numerous times for his police work, colleagues said.
The way officers spoke about Jo, a 14-year-old German Shepherd and former police dog, you might forget they were talking about a dog, until they described his habit of running up to officers during role call when he was looking to be petted. Jo died Tuesday and retired from the West Haven Police Department in 2008. “He had numerous narcotic finds with convictions and tracking, and he was known all over the state,” said handler Paul Sires, a former department detective who retired with Jo in 2008 but kept the dog as a companion.
Jo was Sires’ second police dog. Sires was in charge of the department’s canine unit in 2000 when a local family donated Jo to be a police dog. Jo was a little over a year old at the time and went on to only work and live with Sires. Police Spokesman Officer Bret Schneider said Jo assisted in more than 250 drug and criminal arrests in his career and was trained in narcotics and patrol. He helped Sire’s unit secure numerous citations, and Jo also earned an award from the Drug Enforcement Administration for a major drug arrest. While assisting with one particular case in Hartford, Jo, Sires and other officers searched for a group of people accused of operating a drug factory, Sires said. Jo found three of the suspects hiding in a basement behind water heaters, and one tried to bite the dog’s ears off, he said.
Another time, Jo was searching for a man who had robbed an elderly woman in a parking lot. He quickly found the man hiding under a trailer, and the perpetrator was later convicted, Sires said.
Officer Scott Bloom, who is currently a canine handler with the department, described Jo as a “great tracking dog.” “A lot of guys in that Police Department—when Jo showed up on the scene with Paul, they were extremely confident that if the person was still in that area, the person was going to get caught,” Bloom said. “That’s one of the reasons I myself decided I wanted to start working with a dog.” He added that he felt Jo was always meant to be a police dog. But Jo was also good with children, Sires said. He demonstrated his skills at various schools around the city and found several missing kids. Schneider released a statement on behalf of Chief John Karajanis that said, “We’re saddened at the loss of Jo. We appreciate all the dedication and time that both of them put in while they were at the West Haven Police Department.” submitted by Jim Cortina, Dir. CPWDA
Police mourn loss of retired K-9, 11-year-old Jester
The Ocean City Police Department is mourning the loss of veteran K-9 Jester, who passed away Feb. 18, one day after his 11th birthday. Jester, who retired from the department in 2008, came to the OCPD from Augsburg, Germany, at which time he became the courageous and loyal partner to Pfc. Christine (Plant) Kirkpatrick. Jester, who achieved the highest level of certification (Schutzhund) before joining the OCPD in 2004, spent hundreds of hours in training in Patrol/Narcotics Division. During his career, he completed more than 250 drug searches, including one incident in which he found a half pound of marijuana concealed amidst engine parts and a handgun on the front seat of the vehicle, which resulted in significant jail time for the suspect.
With a skill for tracking, Jester was successful at locating 13 people on tracks and although he was tough on the road, he was also known throughout the community for demonstrations for children and community groups. “I have never seen a dog so loved by all who met him,” said Kirkpatrick, who is no longer with the department. “I never intended to stay in police work very long, Jester is the reason I did. I loved being a K-9 handler from the first moment I got him and I couldn’t have asked for a better first partner.” Since his retirement, Jester lived a very happy life at home with Kirkpatrick. He enjoyed playing ball in the back yard, relaxing on the couch and playing with his buddy, Chance. “His passing has left a hole in my heart that I think will never go away, he was a great work dog, loyal partner and best friend,” Kirkpatrick said. submitted by Jim Cortina, Dir. CPWDA
In Loving Memory of
K9 JEROEN V.
aka: Kikkie's Roedel
February 15, 2012
Handler: Officer Brady Middlebrooks
Kilgore Police Department
German Shepherd had been with department since 2004
It is a sad day for members of the Kilgore Police Department. K9 Jeroen, a longtime member and
senior police officer of the Kilgore Police Department, passed away early this morning due to a medical issue.
Jeroen V. Rikkie’s Roedel was born a German Shepherd in The Netherlands on June 9th, 2001. After passing a strenuous
selection process Jeroen was handpicked to attend K9 police training. Jeroen soon completed many months of intense police
training at Four Winds Police Dog Center in Geffen, The Netherlands, showing a natural disposition for police work.
Jeroen was trained at the center as a dual purpose police service dog. He received training in narcotics detection,
scent discriminate trailing and police patrol. Police patrol training included criminal apprehension, handler protection,
evidence recovery, area searches, building searches and public demonstrations.
In 2004 Jeroen was chosen to work at the Kilgore Police Department. K9 Jeroen served the Department from 2004
until his death in 2012
as a member of the Patrol Division. He maintained both narcotic detection and patrol dog
certifications through the National Narcotic Detector Dog Association and had two top ten finishes at
National Police Dog Conferences. Jeroen made over fifty felony arrest, 60 misdemeanor arrests
and 35 successful tracks. Jeroen recovered over 270 pounds of Marijuana, 170 grams of Cocaine,
25 grams of methamphetamine and 5 grams of heroin.
Jeroen lived and served with long time partner and good friend Officer Brady Middlebrooks
who cared for him greatly. Jeroen looked forward to his time on patrol and working with Officer Middlebrooks.
He also loved and enjoyed working with kids especially doing demonstrations at local schools and daycares.
Jeroen was always ready to assist his fellow police officer. Jeroen's last deployment was the apprehension
of a known felon who attempted to assault police officers during the arrest.
K9 Jeroen - pictured with his long time partner, - served the Kilgore Police K9 Jeroen, long time partner,
service the Kilgore Police K9 Service since 2004. Kilgore Police Chief Todd Hunter stated, “It is truly tragic that
K-9 Jeroen passed so unexpectedly last night. He was having the best year of his career. Over his tenure
with our department he had become a part of the Department and community. Day after day he served
selflessly as a member of our Department and he will be sorely missed. Our thoughts and prayers go out to
his long time handler and partner, Officer Brady Middlebrooks. Jeroen was not a pet, but a true partner to Brady.”
Jeroen unselfishly served the Citizens of Kilgore his entire life with honor and devotion.
He was a great asset to the Department.
Jeroen will be missed by all. submitted by Jim Cortina, Dir. CPWDA