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County board votes unanimously to allow K9 officer to retire with handler

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The Maricopa County Board of Supervisors approved transfer of ownership of a Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office K9 to the deputy with whom he has been serving.

Transfer of ownership of K9 Vasku to his handler Deputy Trevor Clancy required a unanimous board vote, according to a press release.

Deputy Trevor Clancy has been Vasku’s handler for approximately four years. The Sheriff’s office says Vasku is retiring due to his age.

“He’s going to enjoy that retirement of lying on the couch,” said Deputy Clancy, in the press release. “Now we have to teach him to stay out of the garbage can and not chew on kids’ toys.”

Vasku is a 9-year-old Belgian Malinois who has been serving the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office and the citizens of the county since 2010.

He is a dual purpose patrol/apprehension and narcotics detection canine that has been certified by the National Police Canine Association and the National Narcotic Detector Dog Association.

While in service, Vasku has completed over 2,000 hours of training and assisted on hundreds of calls for service, SWAT call outs, traffic stops, and special investigation cases.

He has apprehended suspects, searched buildings for suspects prior to deputies making entry, increased their safety, and helped seize hundreds of thousands of dollars of drugs off the street, the press release stated.

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