Longtime Springfield Police Dog Retires

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SPRINGFIELD — Police service dog, Jax, of the Springfield Police Department has retired from his duties due to old age and long-term ailments. 

Jax is a Dutch Shepherd who was born Feb. 10, 2010, in the Netherlands. He has served as a K9 handler alongside Officer Kyle Tjelmeland, Sergeant (then Officer) Chris Snipes and Officer Chris Rasmussen for six years. In his years of service, Jax has had approximately 742 deployments and was responsible for locating 48 suspects and making 113 narcotic finds. Jax also led the department to approximately 134 arrests. 

The SPD appreciates the service of Jax to the department and toward the safety of officers as well as the Springfield community. Jax will enjoy retirement with Officer Chris Rasmussen and his family. 

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