On March 7th, 2023, the City Council recognized the retirement of K-9 officer Duco, as presented by Police Chief James Brandon.
Duco is an 11-year old Dutch Shephard that came to the Southlake Police Department from the Netherlands in February of 2015. He was partnered with Officer Nate Anderson and together they have been responsible for tracking felons, numerous drug busts, and apprehending criminals, as displayed by his mutual aid with the Colleyville Police Department two weeks ago.
Duco has been a partner that is an excellent interpreter of aggression, intent, body language, and energy. He has been trusted to interpret these intentions and react appropriately in any situation.
“When I’m told that Duco and Officer Anderson have been deployed in Southlake or one of our surrounding cities, I don’t feel apprehensive,” Chief Brandon said. “I immediately feel confident that the situation will be handled appropriately. We can simply do no better than Duco and Officer Anderson.”
Although Duco is retiring, Officer Anderson will soon receive another partner and continue in his capacity as a K-9 handler.
“Duco has been a match for me the moment we crossed paths,” Officer Anderson said. “He elevated me as a handler and allowed me to experience and accept challenges that were far outside my comfort zones.”
Chief Brandon, speaking on behalf of a grateful City and Police Department, wished Duco a great retirement of “ear scratches and tennis balls.”