Happy retirement K-9 Officer Pink

LEXINGTON, Ky. (WTVQ)- It was a big day on Friday for K-9 Officer Pink as she was honored for her years of service.

University of Kentucky Police celebrated Pink’s retirement with a special retirement party.

Pink received pink and black balloons as well as a bone-shaped cake, and a final 10-7 over police radio as a tribute.

Her handler, Sergeant Michael Pope also received a commemorative plaque and K-9 badge.

K-9 Pink is a black Labrador who served with UK PD for the past 4 years as an explosive detection canine.

Before her time with UK PD, Pink served with the United States Marine Corps for 5 years in Afghanistan.

She searched for improvised explosive devices.

It took her 14 weeks to adjust to campus life after serving in a desert environment.

It was straight to business once she was certified through the US Police Canine Association (USPCA) as well as the North American Police Work Dog Association in explosives detection.


Ira, a German Shepherd from Holland will be filling K-9 Pinks shoes…paws once properly certified in explosives detection and tracking.

Ira will be certified this year by the USPCA.

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