FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: July 23, 2020

TCSO Retires K9 Steele, Welcomes K9s Shadow and Radar

After seven years of faithful service to Travis County, TCSO said farewell today to K9 Steele. Steele’s duties included narcotics detection, suspect apprehension and tracking. He aided in missing person searches and served on both patrol and SWAT. He was a local celebrity at schools, National Night Out, HOA events and many other community activities. Due to his age, it’s time for him to retire. He had two handlers during his service and will happily be living his retirement years in the home of his original handler.

TCSO is proud to welcome two new K9s to the unit. Shadow is an 18-month-old Shepherd/Malinois (MAL-in-wah) aka: Maliherd and Radar is a 14-month-old Belgian Malinois. The Malinois breed works well for law enforcement because they have a strong protective instinct, are fiercely loyal to their owners and have a strong drive (motivation to pursue a task).

Shadow and Radar are currently in basic training and will be serving on patrol soon. Shadow will fill the vacancy left by Steele and Radar will fill another open position. With the addition of Shadow and Radar, TCSO now has six K9s assigned to patrol (two for each shift).
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Submitted By: Kristen Dark, Sr. Public Information Officer (512) 854-4986

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