• Powers and Diesel

Tigard Police Department

Police K-9

K9 or K-9 is an abbreviation and homophone of Canine. It may refer to a variety of entries, most related to dogs. The term originated in the military. The term, originally referencing war dogs, has since carried over to police, sentry and assistance dogs.

Powers and Diesel
Diesel, a purebred German shepherd, is teamed up with handler Officer Mike Powers. They were certified fit for police duty after an intensive training program.  Diesel has been on the job since June 2015.

K-9s are an important component in the continued efforts for a community to remain competitive in the fight to reduce crime. The added ability for tracking, delaying and locating suspects involved in crimes can prove to be invaluable to a police department. Tigard Police is proud of its K-9 program and continually strives to provide the best possible service and maintain the safety for citizens. 
K-9 Baxter Retires after Eight Years Fighting Crime
In 2008, the Tigard Police Department revived its dormant patrol canine program. The department purchased a purebred German shepherd from Slovakia. With sound training over the years, Baxter developed into one of Tigard’s most successful tracking canines.

BaxterAt a public event held July 25, 2016, Baxter was officially retired after eight years of dedicated service to Tigard and surrounding communities.

Baxter’s astute senses resulted in the capture and assists of more than 200 subjects throughout his career. Baxter’s equally impressive success recovering articles in crime investigations garnered respect among many partnering law enforcement communities that deploy K-9 programs.

In addition to his productive work on criminal activities, Baxter also participated in countless community outreach events. These help to further education and knowledge regarding the benefits of a well-established police canine program.  His ability to connect the department to the community was unparalleled.

Baxter currently spends his time with the family of his most recent handler, Sgt. Cameron Odam. Baxter is now enjoying his new, more relaxed environment. He transitioned smoothly into his well-deserved retirement.

The department would like to thank the community for its unwavering support for the police canine program. The remaining Tigard Police K-9, Diesel, is closely following the successes of his predecessor, Baxter.

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