Woodburn K9 Rudy Retires

Woodburn’s Police K9 Rudy has retired, effective Feb. 10 at the age of 9 1/2 years old.

Rudy entered duty with the Woodburn Police Department in September 2011 and partnered with his handler, Officer Adam Stewart. Rudy completed basic police K9 training from Sept. 19 to Oct. 26, 2011 for a total of 240 initial training hours and he and Stewart passed their first Patrol K9 standards test that same month to become a patrol K9 team certified by the Oregon Police Canine Association.

During K9 Rudy’s service he participated in 1,115 hours of training with his handler and he had 151 deployments assisting the Woodburn Police Department, Hubbard Police Department, Marion County Sheriff’s Office, Clackamas County Sheriff’s Office, Canby Police Department and Oregon State Police.

Rudy was involved in the capture of approximately 51 suspects and located various items of evidence such as guns and knives. He was also involved in multiple community events showing how important the role of K9’s is to the safety of the community and the police officers he worked beside.   

Rudy is now enjoying retirement with his handler, Officer Stewart, and being part of his family.

“Rudy faithfully served the community and was a great asset to the Woodburn Police Department,” said Chief Jim Ferraris. “Now he can enjoy retirement with Adam, which he has earned.”

The Woodburn Police Department is in the process of securing another K9 and will go through the training process once a dog is selected.

Rudy’s statistics with WPD:

2011: Four deployments, one capture, zero bites

2012: 39 deployments, 10 captures, one bite

2013: 35 deployments, 11 captures, two bites

2014: 24 deployments, 11 captures, five bites

2015: 22 deployments, eight captures, two bites

2016: 26 deployments, 10 captures, two bites

2017: one deployment, zero captures, zero bites

Six-plus year totals: 151 deployments, 51 captures, 12 bites.

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