Washington police dog retiring after nabbing 166 suspects during nearly 10 years of service

After 11 years of service, the Washington state K9 will retire

An 11-year-old police dog in Washington state will retire on Thursday after nearly ten years of stellar service assisting his partner in apprehending over a hundred suspects. 

Together, K-9 Hobbs and his partner, Sgt. Jason Robinson, have responded to more than 500 calls, apprehended about 166 suspects, and found 113 pieces of evidence, according to Edmonds Police Department.

"Hobbs was an asset to law enforcement all over Snohomish and north King counties, fearlessly pursuing suspects who fled into the community," Edmonds PD said in a news release.

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K-9 Hobbs and his partner, Sgt. Jason Robinson, have responded to more than 500 calls and events, apprehended about 166 suspects, and found 113 pieces of evidence,

K-9 Hobbs and his partner, Sgt. Jason Robinson, have responded to more than 500 calls and events, apprehended about 166 suspects, and found 113 pieces of evidence, (Edmund Police Department)

After nearly ten years of service, Police K-9 Hobbs will retire on January 26.

After nearly ten years of service, Police K-9 Hobbs will retire on January 26. (Edmund Police Department)

The 11-year-old dog came to Edmonds PD in September 2013 from Germany. He was then partnered with Officer Robinson, and they achieved their initial certification in Dec. 2013. The team also achieved Master-level certification multiple times during their tenure.

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Hobbs was an asset to law enforcement in the Snohomish and King counties, fearlessly pursuing suspects who attempted to flee. 

One of his career highlights included the 2017 apprehension of two armed subjects who had committed a take-over robbery of a business in Mountlake Terrace. Hobbs and Robinson searched for multiple hours in a severe rainstorm, refusing to quit until the suspects were apprehended.

K9 Hobbs has served and sacrificed as part of a long tradition of police dogs for Edmonds PD.

K9 Hobbs has served and sacrificed as part of a long tradition of police dogs for Edmonds PD. (Edmund Police Department)

Hobbs was also a regular at public events and did countless demonstrations for schools and the community.

"He has taken care of me for years, and now it is my turn to take care of him as he gets to be just a dog." Sergeant Robinson said. "Like most former K-9 handlers, I am sure I will roam the PD halls telling glory stories of our over 500 deployments gone by."

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After a job well done, K9 Hobbs with officially retire and continue to live with Sergeant Robinson and his family