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Happy Retirement: TPD K9 Evo sniffs out crime, enjoys ‘puppicino’ on final shift

TUCSON – After nearly eight years of catching bad guys and sniffing out crime, one of Tucson Police Department’s officers is hanging up his badge. On Friday, Tucson Police Department announced the retirement of longtime K9 officer, Evo on Tucson Police K9’s social media accounts. “Evo has enjoyed a great career. He has been in the unit longer than any other Handler,” the department said on a Facebook post. “Despite being an older dog, he has been our most reliable dog, and the one called in to find the worst of the bad guys.” According to TPD, Evo joined the force back on Nov. 2011. Accompanied by his handler Officer Jeff Rumsely, the K9 logged 962 patrol deployments, 287 narcotics searches and assisted in 350 arrests throughout his tenure as a K9 officer. “One of Evo’s last arrest came just a few weeks ago on the Southside. Ofc Rumsley and K9 Evo responded to the Barrio Vista neighborhood to assist Officers from Operations South who were looking for a prowler. A 911 caller reported seeing two males attempting to break into a house,” Tucson Police K9 said on a Facebook post. “When patrol arrived they snagged one of the males and the second ran away. Officers found a rifle and other items leading them to believe they interrupted a home invasion. K9 Evo quickly found the second male who was hiding under a car just a few feet away from a rifle. The suspect was arrested and the guns were recovered.” Despite being all-business while on the job, Evo quickly became known across the community for his friendly nature. TPD said his handler collected several great, funny stories over his time getting to know the four-legged officer. According to TPD, Evo will spend his retirement as a “normal” dog, living with his handler Rumsley and their family.
Anthony Victor Reyes

Anthony Victor Reyes

Anthony Victor Reyes is the lead digital content producer at News 4 Tucson. The award-winning journalist previously worked as a community reporter in Jasper County, Iowa.
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