Chattanooga Police Department K-9 Duco served seven years with the force. (Photo: Staff)

City Council members approved the retirement of Chattanooga Police Department K-9 agent Duco during Tuesday’s meeting.

Before his retirement, Duco served seven years with the K-9 squad.

During this time, Police Chief David Roddy said Duco helped the community by locating narcotics and firearms.


The average career of a K-9 is seven to eight years.

“After that time, they’ve earned a break,” Roddy said at the meeting. “They’ve earned the right to sit back, put their paws up and enjoy retirement.”

K9 Duco served as a dual purpose dog who was trained in the areas of narcotics detection, suspect apprehension, handler protection, building searches, area searches, and tracking suspects, according to a news release. 

From 2011 to 2018, Duco is credited with:

  • 370 vehicle searches
  • 253 building searches
  • 426 arrest assists
  • 61 suspect tracks
  • 153 K9 apprehensions
  • 170 guns recovered
  • numerous seizures of illegal narcotics

Duco will now rejoin his previous handler who also left law enforcement to live out the rest of his days.

“Good life,” District 6 City Councilwoman Carol Berz said in response to Duco’s retirement plans. “You did well. You’re beautiful.”

District 2 City Councilman Jerry Mitchell asked if Duco would like to say something about his time with the police department, but Roddy said Duco would likely try to eat the microphone.

Alina Hunter-Grah is a contributing writer. She is a graduate of The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, where she received a bachelor’s degree in communication with a minor in political science. Alina has over three years of journalism experience including time spent with CNN and 2nd & Church, a magazine based in Nashville, Tennessee. You can reach Alina at [email protected] or on Twitter @alinahuntergrah

Updated at 10 p.m. June 5 to correct a factual error. Jerry Mitchell represents District 2, not District 1 as originally reported.

Updated at 10:17 a.m. June 6 to add more information as it became available.