West Chester K9 officer retires

Published: Mar. 2, 2017 at 10:09 PM EST|Updated: Mar. 16, 2017 at 5:09 PM EDT
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(Photo: West Chester Police Department)
(Photo: West Chester Police Department)

WEST CHESTER, OH (FOX19) - A four-legged officer with the West Chester Police Department has retired after nearly a decade on the beat.

K9 Rex retried Tuesday after serving nine years on the force with his handler, Officer Scott Lovett.

Rex's retirement became official when the West Chester Board of Trustees transferred ownership to Officer Lovett.

"Canine officers, like Rex, are a tremendous asset for our department and play an instrumental role in keeping West Chester Township a safe place to live, work and visit," said West Chester Police Chief Joel Herzog, a former canine handler for the department.

From 2008 to 2017, Rex was deployed 600 times and logged more than 2,400 hours of training, police said.

"Rex's work led to a number of arrests and his resume includes many notable accomplishments from locating illicit drugs and weapons, to de-escalation and life-saving heroics," West Chester PD said in a release.

The West Chester Township Police Department Canine Unit was founded in 1993.

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