State Law To Help Police Officers Keep Police Dogs After Retirement
A new state law looks to help police dogs after they “retire” due to old age by letting them live with their handlers.
The Springfield Police Department says they already allow their officers to take their dogs home when their career ends.
The police department declares them to be surplus property and sells them to their handler for $1.
Dogs usually serve about 7 years on the force, usually all with the same handler.
“The canine and the handler develop a relationship over years and years of training together and training the dog, so that relationship is built between the handler and the dog itself,” said Deputy Chief Dennis Arnold, Springfield Police Department.
The law also allows for police to put the dog up for adoption or give them to a different officer after retirement.
But Springfield police say the handler almost always takes the dog when its career is over.