PEKIN, Ill. — The Pekin Police Department’s trusted K9 Ahen is retiring.
The police department announced Ahen’s retirement at the Pekin City Council meeting on Monday night.
Ahen has been with the police department and his partner, Sgt. Rob Jones, since the end of 2011. He is a nine-year-old Dutch Shepard and weights approx. 90 lbs.
Ahen is a full service dog which means his duties have been drug sniffs, apprehensions, to track and trail and article searches.
The police department said Ahen has participated in seizing over 1 million dollars worth of drugs and drug assets with the assistance of parol, investigations, and other agencies. He has participated in over 550 drug-related arrests and 304 non-drug related arrests. He has also conducted approximately 100 public demonstrations over his nearly eight years with Pekin police.
Recently, Ahen became the face of the PPD with his participation in the Aftermath K-9 contest. He was recognized nationally over the past three years, taking second place in 2016, first place in 2017 and fourth place in 2018.
The PPD said Ahen is different from any other K-9, saying he “is pretty personable which you don’t see very often in working dogs.”
” He has definitely been an asset to the Pekin Police Department,” the police department wrote on Facebook.
Ahen will spend his retirement with Sgt. Jones at their residence.