It is with heartfelt sadness that the Muskogee Police Department will say it’s goodbyes to retired K9 Duke, badge # 576 today. Duke served with the Muskogee Police Department for 4 years before having to retire due to medical issues.
Duke is a 10 year old Belgian Malinois who began his career with the Muskogee Police Department in 2011 and retired September 28th, 2015. While Duke was serving with the Muskogee Police Department he worked with 3 K9 handlers; Officer James Hamlin from 2011-2012, Officer Troy Buller from 2012-2013, and finally Sergeant Chris Dean from 2013 until his retirement from the Police Department in 2015. Duke was responsible for drug apprehensions in the hundreds and numerous drug seizures while he served with us, not including countless apprehensions while working as a patrol K9. Duke was also a member of the Muskogee Police Department’s Special Operations Team, which required even more training for both him and his K9 handler. After Duke’s retirement in 2015 he was purchased back from the city by Sergeant Dean where he has stayed to enjoy his final days.
All of us at the Muskogee Police Department want to thank Duke for his years of service to us, and the citizen’s of Muskogee. His drive, focus, and willingness to achieve are what all of us strive for every day. Duke will be sorely missed by his Police Department family, and more importantly his family he has spent his last days with. To them, and to us, these are more than just dogs. They are part of our family. Thank you duke, for everything you have done, you will be missed.