The Queensland Police Service has been saddened to hear about the death of retired police dog Cisco.
PD Cisco died peacefully on Wednesday at the Sunshine Coast, aged 12.
He had a distinguished career after completing training in June 2005 working first in Mt Isa before transferring to Cairns in January 2007.
In Cairns PD Cisco and his handler, Senior Constable Nathan Hester, were responsible for the apprehension of numerous offenders before Cisco retiring due to age in July 2010.
Senior Constable Hester transferred to the Sunshine Coast in January this year and is about to start training with Recruit Dog Ajax.
Sergeant David Raymond, Officer in Charge of the Cairns Dog Squad said that he felt for Nathan and his family.
“Police dogs form a very unique bond with their handler. They live at home with the family of the handler and go off to work each day as the handlers’ partner and often at times his first source of backup. I know he will very sadly missed,” Sergeant Raymond said.
His handler, Senior Constable Hester, said that PD Cisco could meet kids at a day care centre at the start of his shift and an hour later be tracking an armed offender.
“Whilst it is sad that he is no longer with us and will be missed dearly, he lived a life that most other dogs would only dream about,” Senior Constable Hester said.
The photograph was taken as Cisco was about to leave home for his last shift before retiring.
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