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Waterloo Police mourn death of retired K9 officer, Mitch

WATERLOO, Iowa (KWWL) – The Waterloo Police Department has announced one its retired K9 unit members, Mitch, died on December 26.

The statement on the Waterloo Police Department K9 Unit Facebook page reads:

With great sadness WPD had to say final goodbyes to Retired K9 Mitch.

Mitch was born in Holland, February 5th 2008. He was imported to the US and selected by Waterloo Police in 2009.

Mitch was trained as a dual purpose K9 (narcotics & patrol). He was partnered with his handler Lt. Bose in the fall of 2009. The two were assigned to both the Patrol Unit and the Violent Crime Apprehension Team.

Mitch along with three other K9s on the WPD Unit were awarded the United State Police Canine Association Narcotics Detection Team Champions in both 2012 and 2013.

Mitch retired from the police department August 12, 2015. He went on to live with Lt. Bose and his family. Mitch passed away December 26, 2018.

Thank you for your years of service and dedication to the City of Waterloo, Mitch. May you rest easy.

KWWL sends condolences to the Waterloo Police Department, specifically to Lt. Bose and his family.  Thank you for your service to our community, Mitch.

Abby Turpin

Evening Anchor

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