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K-9 Bac Retires

CREATED Jan. 10, 2013

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NEW BERLIN - He's brought down criminals, played a key role in drug busts and helped keep a community safe. Now it's time for this "super cop" to retire.  We take a look back at Officer Bac's more than 60 years on the force.  Which is actually 9 if you're counting in dog years! 

K-9 Bac has had quite the career with the New Berlin P.D. but at almost 11 years old, it's time for him to retire.  That leaves the department trying to raise funds for a new police dog. 
 
But don't tell K-9 Bac he's too old for this job.  His handler Sergeant Kevin Turner points out, "physically he can do it.  He still has that drive to do it."
 
In 2003, at 20 months old, Bac hit the streets with Sergeant Turner.  Since then he's been invaluable to the force.  And watching him track down suspects never gets old.  "To watch it happen both in training and during actual searches is phenomenal," Sergeant Turner commented.
 
This team is always training.  Each exercise is like the real deal.  In this building search it took K-9 Bac less than two minutes to find the bad guy.  Bac's nose is his weapon; he can find just about anything.  I tossed a set of keys into a snow bank, under some weeds.  Sergeant Turner gives one command and Bac knows what to do.  Keys found, in less than 20 seconds.
 
For every task there's a reward.  It's Bac's incentive to work.
 
One of this K-9's key roles is sniffing out drugs.  Sergeant turner hides them in tricky spots to keep Bac sharp.  Like a thermostat or ceiling vent.  In one of the training exercises we watched as Bac found the drug stash in a van's dashboard. 
 
His biggest drug seizure had a street value of up to $300,000.  "About four kilos of cocaine during a traffic stop," Sergeant Turner told us.
 
And being part of New Berlin's S.W.A.T. team means added danger for this K-9.  As his handler points out, "Bac is the first one through the door ahead of the tactical officers." 
 
Along the way Bac's also learned a few handy tricks.  Like opening the door of the squad car with his snout.  
 
But now a big change is coming his way, retirement.  "To see me, his dad, leave and go to work and him not be able to go after doing that for 9 years I anticipate it to be difficult for him."  And also for this sergeant who will report for duty without his four legged partner.
 
Bac will continue to work until New Berlin trains a new K-9.  The police department is now trying to raise the $15,000 needed.  If you'd like to help contact Captain Mike Glider at (262) 780-8109 or glider@nbpolice.org.