Beloved Salem Police Service Dogs to Retire

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Salem Police K-9 Baco and K-9 Jake have officially retired from police work, both after both serving four years of service to the community.

Both dogs will live their retirement life with their respective handlers. Regrettably, the department may also have to retire a third police dog in the coming months, so efforts to raise monies are underway under the leadership of the Salem Police Foundation. Said Bellshaw, “This fundraising project is particularly important as the funds are for the purchase of the animals, as well as for the joint training of the dog and the officer who will be their handler.”

Fundraising is not the only project the police foundation is undertaking as the organization will also be holding a retirement party for the dogs in January at a local venue. Current Salem Police Foundation President Dan Wellert remarked, “We are proud to support our local police department and are ready to help in every way.”

Details on the retirement party will be shared as the date approaches. In the meantime, those wishing to make a donation to the police K-9 fund can contact the Salem Police Foundation. Gifts are tax deductible as the police foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.

​K-9 Baco, a German Shepherd from the Netherlands, was first certified in 2013 to work for the Salem Police Department. Baco was full of energy and loved to work every day according to his handler, Sgt. Trevor Morrisson.

This four-legged officer is best known for his role during a standoff between a wanted felon and officers in the parking lot of a local Walmart in 2014. “The subject was armed, and Baco was sent in to apprehend him,” recalled Deputy Chief Steve Bellshaw. “Although Baco suffered a gunshot wound to the face, he was back on duty in less than two weeks,” he added. Baco received a Medal of Valor from the agency and also from the Oregon Peace Officers Association. Baco deployed to more than 600 incidents in his career and has nearly 300 captures to his credit.

​K-9 Jake is a German Shepherd from the Czech Republic. Jake certified and started with the department in the same year as Baco, 2013. With more than 600 deployments in his police career, Jake apprehended over 400 subjects.

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