K-9 Officer Axo Retires from Jasper Co. Sheriff's Office - KOAM TV 7

K-9 Officer Axo Retires from Jasper Co. Sheriff's Office


A member of the Jasper County Sheriff's Office is retiring. 
Deputies and staff are saying so long to K9 officer "Axo"  who's almost 9 years old.  The department purchased Axo, a Belgian malinois from Holland in 2009. Most of his commands are in German or Dutch but he does understand some English.  
Axo will likely continue living with his current handler Corporal John Goodwin. 

A day on the job usually has Axo jumping  into Cpl. John Goodwin's suburban. The K9 officer spends much of his day there.  But doesn't lie down on the job.  Just the opposite.

Goodwin says, "Once I move the shifter to put the car in gear he runs in circles and barks cause he's excited to be at work. Its what he lives for."

The team goes out on patrol and Axo is ready to be called into action.

Captain Derek Walrod says, "I  know Axo's been with us for seven  years and  over the years he's had  good finds on drug finds, tracking, apprehending people that have run from us." 

Goodwin says of the breed, " They smell so well they can pick up that odor and find where   it is  versus us we humans look with their hands and their eyes. Dogs use their nose  and its a lot better at locating things."

Axo and his partner train  at least 16 hours a month but when it comes time to work he's ready for the job. 

Walrod says of K9 officers, "They're  just as much of a deputy as our other deputies. They work 12 hour shifts with their handlers." 

Goodwin says, "He's a partner and actually I spend more time with him than my own family because he spends time  with  me at the house when we're off duty and then when we're at work he's with me all the time. I  spend more time with him than I do my wife and my son."

Stopping in at the sheriffs  office, others show their affection for Axo. 
Sergeant Chris Hargis says, "Yeah I can joke with the dog but I  know his skill set is something that I need to continue to respect. But he's good with children, personnel, anybody he works around. He definitely  knows his place and we learn ours to be able work with those dogs."

 After 4 and half years as partners Corporal  Goodwin says life as a deputy will be different when Axo retires.   "Its gonna be different whenever I come to work because he's back up when I need it instantly. He's always right there in the car where as not having  a k9 there you don't always have a back up that close that readily available  to protect you if something bad goes."

Goodwin says it will be hard for Axo to be away from  the job, but the two will likely be together at home as handlers typically keep retiring K9's.

Goodwin says, "He is going to  be at the house be a regular pet be a regular dog.
do the dog thing."



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