K-9 “Trooper” Retires From Service
Durant Police K-9 “Trooper” Retires from Service
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From news release:
Durant Police Department
120 South Fifth Avenue
Durant, Oklahoma 74701-5015
Phone: 580/924-3737 * Fax: 580/924-8928
Durward A. Cook, Chief of Police
Durant Police K-9 “Trooper” retires from service. Trooper has completed several successful years of service. He is 9 years old and received his first K-9 team certification in 2001. Trooper and his handler Police Officer Jesse Petty attended federal training at the Regional Counter Drug Training Facility in Meridian, Mississippi. In his last complete year of service (2007), Trooper assisted in the seizure of a combined narcotics street value and property seizure value of approximately $20,000.00. He also successfully assisted other Law Enforcement agencies in both Oklahoma and Texas assisting in the apprehension of criminals and narcotics.
Trooper’s age and health were the deciding factors in his retirement. Trooper has fought arthritic problems with his front and back leg joints for several months. He can no longer perform his duties as a Police dog; however can live the rest of his days comfortably as a retired dog. His sense of smell is still good and his drive is wonderful, however his body can no longer keep up with his drive.
Last year Durant Police K-9 Teams were deployed in the field 166 times for patrol and narcotics. “Trooper gave a 100% effort while working with the Durant Police Department”, says Chief Durward Cook; adding, “He was a tremendous asset and will be missed.”
Officer Petty is currently attending training with his new K-9 partner, Baron. Baron is a one-year-old German shepherd imported from Czechoslovakia. The team is expected to begin patrol duties August 11, 2008.
CONGRATULATIONS ON YOUR RETIREMENT TROOPER! Thank you for your service.