K9 Rhino has traded drug busts and apprehending bad guys for long naps and leisurely walks around the neighborhood.
Rhino, a 9-year-old Dutch Shepherd, retired from patrol after nearly six years of service. His partner, Jason Ivins, an 18-year veteran of the department, was promoted to sergeant Feb. 17.
The Dutch Shepherd was trained in KNPV (“Koninklijke Nederlandse Politiehond Vereniging”, which is Dutch for “Royal Dutch Police Dog Association”), which prepares K9s for work in the law enforcement or military fields.
Rhino earned a nearly perfect score during his trials during training, and his commitment to excellence translated to his work on the streets, as well.
Trained to find evidence, narcotics and potentially violent criminals, Rhino located about $450,000 in money associated with drug sales and hundreds of pounds of narcotics during his career.
In one particular car stop, the K9 located 680 pounds of marijuana, and on another Rhino found 78 pounds of methamphetamine.
In addition to finding drug money and narcotics, Rhino helped keep his deputy partners of the OCSD safe by prompting more than 80 suspects to peacefully surrender and successfully apprehending five dangerous criminals who refused to cooperate.
In one particular incident, a gang member refused to exit a stolen vehicle and deputies called for K9 support. Sgt. Ivins and Rhino responded to the scene, and after several warning announcements, the suspect wouldn’t budge. Rhino pulled the suspect out of the car and away from any potential weapons, making it safer for deputies to arrest the suspect.
Although retired, Rhino will keep his paw on the pulse of things happening here at the Orange County Sheriff’s Department since he will continue to live with Sgt. Ivins as a family dog.
The duo’s presence on the OCSD K9 Team will be missed. We congratulate Sergeant Jason Ivins and wish Rhino a well-deserved and peaceful retirement.
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