Police Service Dog Retired from Mill Creek PD

Police Service Dog Retired from Mill Creek Police Department
Posted on 04/24/2018
Police Service Dog Rasko, a pure-bred German Shepherd that has been with the Mill Creek Police Department since 2013, has retired due to medical reasons.

Rasko will live out the remainder of his life at the home of Officer Ian Durkee, his handler. His last official day was March 13. He was expected to complete his service life in the first quarter of 2019, so his retirement is a year early.

“It was a pleasure serving the community with Police Service Dog Rasko,” said Officer Durkee. “While I am saddened that Rasko’s service time has been cut short due to his medical condition, I have a lot of good memories from our time working together. I am happy and grateful to have a little more time with Rasko in his retirement.”

Rasko was born July 21, 2011. He later started his police training and was fully commissioned with the Mill Creek Police Department in 2013.

Rasko was a highly trained tracking K9 used for searching for suspects and evidence, apprehension of suspects, officer protection and community outreach. Together with Officer Durkee, Rasko had over 130 deployments with 32 arrests in his four-year career.

“A K9 becomes a full-fledged part of the department and Rasko’s departure is felt deeply by our entire department,” said Police Chief Greg Elwin. “Officer Durkee and Rasko built the foundation for us to develop a distinguished K9 program. Their dedication to the City, the department and the greater community will always be remembered.”