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Posted on: March 2, 2018

Lombard Police K-9 Officer Chico Retires

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On January 31 2018, the Lombard Police Department marked the retirement of K-9 Officer Chico. On Thursday, March 1, 2018, his retirement was celebrated at Lombard Village Hall.

Chico has served with his handler, Officer Sohr since November of 2009. In addition to criminal investigations, Chico served as a community relations ambassador at events and in the public eye. 

Throughout his career, Chico has participated in 1,032 canine deployments in Lombard and throughout the Chicagoland area including: 

  • 400 motor vehicle searches 
  • 200 possession of cannabis arrests 
  • 40 cocaine arrests 
  • 30 heroin arrests 
  • An estimated $4,000,000 in street value of narcotics recovered for federal, state, and local agencies 
  • An estimated $1,000,000 in cash recovered or seized for federal, state, and local agencies 
  • 150 suspect or missing person canine tracks 
  • 100 canine public demonstrations 
  • 90 deployments for school searches at local high schools 
  • 50 burglary in progress building searches 
  • 45 armed robbery assists 
  • 30 deployments on search warrants 
  • 15 firearms received 
  • An estimated $65,000 in recovered stolen property 
  • 1800 hours of dedicated training hours 

The Lombard Police Department’s new canine unit will be in place by June, 2018. The new canine was purchased with an $11,500 canine replacement grant from The Giving Back Fund, founded by Pittsburgh Steelers’ Quarterback Ben Roethlisberger. In addition to the grant, the Lombard Citizen Police Academy Alumni Association will assist in providing funds for the purchase, training, and equipment for the canine and the officer. 

Please contact Communications Coordinator Avis Meade at (630)620-5718 with any questions. 

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