(BEDFORD) - Bedford Police K-9 North has retired after serving 8 1/2 years as a dual purpose patrol and narcotics detection dog.
North, a black Czechoslovakian Shepherd and who is now ten years old, was forced into retirement due to recent health problems that affected his mobility.
K-9 North, affectionately known by his fellow officers as "South", began active duty with his handler, Officer Mike Johnson, on February 5, 2006.
North's career included over 1,000 drug arrests in which he was utilized for traffic, residential and school drug searches. North made several felony tracking apprehensions of fleeing suspects sought by the department.
North played a valuable role to the Bedford police department in the area of public relations by performing hundreds of K-9 public demonstrations for numerous school and civic groups.
North will spend the remainder of his life with his partner Mike Johnson and his family.
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