Battle Ground council honors retired four-legged officer

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Battle Ground's K-9 officer Haulf, a German shepherd, was honored for his outstanding service at a Monday city council meeting.

Following a six-year career, Haulf retired from the Battle Ground Police Department in August. During his tenure with the Battle Ground Police Department, Haulf logged big numbers: 116 captures, 270 assists, 108 SWAT deployments, and 33 narcotic finds.

Battle Ground's K-9 program has become a significant part of the city's law enforcement efforts. During searches, a K-9 has the ability to locate suspects without unnecessarily exposing officers to danger. On top of that, K-9s certified in narcotics provide what officers consider to be an effective form of illicit drug detection.

The Battle Ground Police Department has replaced Haulf with Luca, a 1-year-old German shepherd. She and Officer Chris Crouch are currently working toward certifications in narcotics and patrol.

Haulf has retired to Crouch's home.