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Rico’s Police Service Recognized - Retired K-9 Now Lives With His Last Partner and Family
In early September during roll call, members of the Pleasant Prairie Police Department formally recognized the service provided by retired K-9 Officer “Rico.” Born on October 22, 2003 in the Netherlands, Rico was trained for duty in Spring Hope, North Carolina during 2004.
In 2005, Rico joined the Pleasant Prairie Police Department and was assigned to K-9 Handler Scott Durkee. In 2008, Rico was re-assigned to K-9 Handler Chad Brown. Both handlers attended and graduated from a six week canine handler course in Spring Hope. In late 2011, Rico was retired due to medical conditions resulting in his inability to complete his duties.
During his six years on duty, Rico captured several fugitives, assisted in tracking lost children and elderly subjects, located narcotics, and preformed vehicle searches. Rico was also a steward of public relations and fostered a positive relationship between the Department and residents through many public appearances and K-9 demonstrations. In his retirement, Rico continues to reside with his handler.