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K-9 TJ, Cole, Gunnar and Boris

Wednesday, October 23, 2013 10:00 AM  [RELEASE AT WILL]


The Colorado Springs Police Department recognizes the interest our community has in our K-9’s.  So, we’ve decided to share some extraordinary highlights of these brave “officers” as well as, some sad updates.


K-9 TJis an 11 year old Dutch Shepherd with CSPD for 7 years.  TJ is trained in Patrol to include Tracking and Narcotic Scent Detection.  During TJ’s years of service:

  • Handled 3,435 Calls for Service
  • 690 total K-9 Deployments
  • 118 Narcotic related deployments
  • 198 Tactical related deployments
  • Located 45 suspects as a result of a K-9 Search
  • Found illegal narcotics with an estimated street value of 1.2 Million Dollars.  TJ has successfully completed scent detection for the odors of Marijuana, Cocaine, Methamphetamine, Ecstasy and Heroin.
  • Recovered property with an estimated value of $67,000.00.

TJ retired due to age and is now a family pet.



K-9 Colejust turned10!  He was a 9 ½ year old Dutch Shepherd with CSPD for 7 years.  Cole was trained in Patrol to include: tracking and narcotic scent detection.

  • Handled 5,455 Calls for Service to include 139 Building Searches and 243 Field Searches
  • Tracked 15 suspects and located 107 others to include 3 murder suspects who fled from officers.
  • 66 Scent Detections
  • Found 2 kilos of heroin, 4 kilos of cocaine, 1 kilo of meth, pounds of marijuana
  • Recovered $75,000 in U.S. currency and over $240,000.00 seizure of property resulting from search warrants

Colewas diagnosed with Malignant Histiocytosis cancer [blood disorder] and had to be retired immediately.  He died of cancer on July 11, 2013.




K-9 Gunnarbegan his career with CSPD in April 2007.

  • Handled 2,860 Calls for Service
  • Found 25 suspects
  • Responsible for 90 Felony arrests and 21 Misdemeanor arrests
  • Conducted 70 Building Searches & 109 Field Searches & 47 Narcotics Searches


Gunnarendured two shoulder surgeries in 2009 where they placed synthetic ligaments in his shoulders. He made a full recovery and returned to full duty. In November 2012, Gunnar partially tore ligaments in both of his hind legs while he was pursuing a wanted felon across a field – forcing him into an early but well deserved retirement.  He is happy living with his trainer and his family.




K-9 Boris  (handler, Officer John Ford)was an 11 year old Dutch Shepherd with CSPD for 9 years.  Boris was trained in Patrol

to include tracking.  Boris years of service included:


  • 591 total K-9 deployments
  • 207 total tactical related deployments.
  • Located 47 suspects as a result of a K-9 search
  • In 2005, K-9 Boris was the second place finisher in the United States Police Canine Association, Region 14 PD-1 (Police Dog 1) trials.


Boriswas diagnosed with Throat cancer and had to be retired immediately in April of 2013.  He unfortunately died of his cancer on September 18, 2013.