At 4 p.m. Friday, a wily old veteran walked out of the police station for the last time, having completed his final shift with the Bakersfield Police Department.
Bronx, a 9-year-old Belgian Malinois, ended a career in law enforcement that included stints with several units over eight years. Bronx had served in the patrol division and the SWAT team since 2014 and was trained in narcotics.
“He’s good at finding the bad guys and finding things that are hidden,” said Sgt. Ryan Kroeker, BPD’s public information officer. “He’s a well-rounded dog and is a great asset to the police department.”
Kroeker said Bronx trained for two and a half months before his deployment, but it didn’t stop there. Bronx continued to learn his trade two days a month, working on his time off with his owner and partner, Senior Officer Chris Dalton. The two had been partners since 2010.
Now that Bronx has called it quits, he will “live life as a normal dog” in the Dalton family, Kroeker said.
Bronx is one of the BPD’s longest serving K9s ever, the department said on Facebook Friday.
“Bronx has done numerous demos for schools and tour groups at our department, and has been awarded many awards throughout the years for his dedication, skills, and work,” said BPD. “Thank you for being a loyal K9 all these years, Bronx!”
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