State police dog ‘Boss’ retires after 7 years of service

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LOWELL (May 12, 2014) – A police dog will enjoy the good life after helping numerous local and federal authorities during his seven-year career.

Boss, a German shepherd from Holland, graduated in 2007 during a ceremony in Allen County. He officially retired on May 6, 2014.

He and his trainer, Corporal Mike Jones from the Indiana State Police Lowell Post, went through 17 weeks of intense training. In the end, Boss was certified in several areas, including obedience, evidence search, area and building searches, tracking, aggression control and detection of controlled substances.

Boss and Jones
Boss with his handler, Corporal Mike Jones

Boss was purchased through a generous donation from the Porter County Prosecutor’s Office. He’s worked with the FBI, DEA, ATF, U.S. Marshals Service, Gang Response Investigation Team, Domestic Highway Enforcement and several local police and sheriff’s departments. In addition, he’s helped work cases for Michigan State Police and departments in Illinois.

Since 2007, state police said Boss and Jones have been responsible for 16 tracks, 16 finds, 502 searches, 128 arrests, 27 building searches, 9 article searches and 155 perimeter searches. They’ve recovered 0.53 pounds of methamphetamine, 5,370 pounds of marijuana, 38.58 pounds of cocaine, 5.71 pounds of crack, .02 pounds of ecstasy and 28.33 pounds of heroin.

After all the training and cases, Boss is enjoying retirement. He won’t go far—the K-9 will live with Jones and his wife at their Porter County home.

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