While he didn’t originally care much for his special dog friendly cake, retiring Canine Officer Dino was recognized for his 11 years of service with the Riley County Police Department Thursday afternoon. An overflowing room of supporters and fellow officers were on hand, complete with cake of the human variety also, and a plaque recognizing Dino, which is being placed on RCPD’s wall with other retiring officers.
Dino’s handler Aaron Wright talked about Dino’s assistance in “helping officers catch the bad guys and take a bit out of crime.” Wright said it had been an honor to serve with Dino, describing him as very valuable to the department and community.
RCPD Director Brad Schoen had high praise for Dino, even though Dino refused the cake Schoen presented to him. Captain Josh Kyle read a statement, talking about Dino’s keen sense of smell and work ethic during the 11 years. He also referred to the flexibiliy, reliability, and professional of the team.
Wright told KMAN following the ceremony he was just going to let Dino be a dog and do what dogs like to do–“eat, sleep, and go outside and strech his legs once in a while.”
Dino assisted RCPD in seizing more than 16,200 grams of illegal drugs and helped to make 435 arrests.
Dino did finally take a bite of his cake!