A dedicated police dog is retiring in Edmonds, Washington, but he may not be replaced due to a lack of funding. On Wednesday, June 26, the Edmonds Patch reported that Dash the police dog is retiring on July 1 after serving his community for seven years.
According to Edmonds Police sergeant Mark Marsh, the police would like to replace Dash, but it is dependent upon the availability of funding.
Dash the K9 retires on July 1 and the police dog’s handler, Cpl. Josh McClure, will be promoted to sergeant on the same day.
The police dog came to the Edmonds Police Department in the summer of 2006 from Washington German Shepherd Rescue. Dash went to work with Officer McClure in Sept. of 2006 and they received their police K9 certification shortly afterward.
Dash has helped locate suspects and items of evidence during his time as a K9. The police dog received the Medal of Valor in 2007 for getting a suspect who was shooting at his partner. While Dash will retire as a police dog, he will continue to live with Cpl. McClure and his family.
The Edmonds police will now have one police dog, Kira, who is a tracking dog. She works the night shift with Cpl. Shane Hawley. For now, she will be the only police dog until there is funding for a second K9.
“We are hopeful that we will maintain two dogs in our K9 unit but at the very least it will not be filled right away,” stated Marsh.
The cost of a police dog, including training, can be upwards of $20,000.
The Washington State Police Canine Association (WSPCA) is an organization that is committed to promoting the educational advancement, welfare, and safety of canine teams in law enforcement throughout Washington State.
The WSPCA is a not-for-profit organization that seeks to advance Law Enforcement and Corrections K9s. The organization runs two training seminars annually. WSPCA also provides a formal process for handlers to be recognized as Assistant Trainers and Master Trainers in Generalist Patrol, Narcotics Detection, and Explosives Detection.
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