The Westport Police Department says:
It is with a heavy heart that we announce the early retirement of police service Dog Koda, due to health concerns.
The 9-year old Belgian Malinois was imported from Hungary. He joined the department in February 2012.
At 18 months old, Koda completed a 10-week training course. He earned certification in narcotics detection, tracking, handler protection and criminal apprehension.
Since beginning his law enforcement career, Koda was partnered up with Officer James Loomer, who joined the department in February of 2010. Since then, they worked together full time in the patrol division.
Loomer and Koda have responded to over 600 canine-related calls for service, in Westport and neighboring communities.
The Police Department will raise funds to purchase and train a new police service dog, to continue Koda’s impressive legacy.
The public is invited to a brief ceremony this Friday (December 13, 9:30 a.m.) in the classroom at police headquarters (50 Jesup Road).