A Washington state police dog has retired from law enforcement after nearly 10 years of heroic service.
K-9 Hobbs of the Edmonds Police Department and his partner/handler, Sergeant Jason Robinson, have deployed to over 500 calls, apprehended 166 suspects and collected 113 pieces of evidence throughout his storied career.
“Hobbs was an asset to law enforcement all over Snohomish and north King counties, fearlessly pursuing suspects who fled into the community,” the Edmonds P.D. said in a statement.
According to the department, Hobbs was born in Germany and joined the department in September 2013. The K-9 and Robinson received their initial certification in December of that year and obtained master-level certifications multiple times throughout their career.
One of Hobbs’ most memorable moments came in 2017 during the apprehension of two armed subjects who had robbed a business in Mountlake Terrace. Hobbs and Robinson pursued the suspects for several hours during a rainstorm until they were taken into custody.
Robinson said Hobbs has also played an important role in the community, attending public events and joining in school demonstrations.
Now that he’s no longer on duty, Hobbs will live out the rest of his life as an “regular” dog with Robinson and his family.
“He has taken care of me for years, and now it is my turn to take care of him as he gets to be just a dog,” Sergeant Robinson said. “Like most former K-9 handlers, I am sure I will roam the P.D, halls telling glory stories of our over 500 deployments gone by.”