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New Milford Police K-9 retires from active duty

A New Milford Police K-9 has retired from active duty.  Drake served for nine years.  The German Shepherd was born in the Czech Republic entered service in 2012 was certified as a Dual Purpose Patrol and Narcotics canine.  He also served on a United States Presidential Secuity detail following the shooting at Sandy Hook School and helped the Secret Service for President Obama's visit.  Drake and his handler were mainly assigned to day / evening swing shifts.  During his nine years of service, Drake assisted and was successful in numerous narcotic investigations in New Milford and surrounding towns, including assisting the Connecticut State Police Narcotics Task Force. Early in his career, K-9 Drake was able to track an incapacitated high school student who was reported missing after school. In another incident, Drake was called into service at 1 o'clock in the morning for a lost individual in a wooded area. Following a two mile track, Drake located one of the involved male parties.  K9 Ella will be taking over patrols in New Milford.