Remembered for his stellar career and friendly demeanor off the job, retired Newark Police K9 “Paco” passed away yesterday, with his partner and family by his side.
Diagnosed with bilateral hip dysplasia, Paco retired from service in September 2011. Handler Corporal Christopher Jones says Paco’s health worsened and the decision was made to put him to rest.
Paco joined the Newark Police Department in August 2006. During his career, police say Paco handled over 1,500 complaints, 400 burglar alarms, conducted over 100 tracks and 700 searches. Paco was also responsible for the seizure of over $150,000 in drug tainted cash, 30 pounds of marijuana, several firearms and two vehicles used for the transportation of narcotics.
Paco was recognized by the United States Police Canine Association as a nationally certified narcotics detection dog. Cpl. Jones and his partner were also recognized in 2008 by the USPCA for the fastest completion of the timed certification course by a first time participant.
Almost two weeks ago, New Castle County Police Department experienced a similar loss when K9 Nike was put down after serving for 10 years.