Tonight, prior to our City Council meeting at 7pm, K9 Bo will officially retire from his 9 years of service to the City of Streetsboro. His retirement is well deserved but we will miss him around here. Please see the statement below regarding Bo's career:
K9 Bo, a Belgian Malinois, was born on July 18, 2008 and was donated to the Streetsboro Police Department by the Buckeye Area Regional K9 (BARK) organization. Bo was assigned to his handler, Officer Aaron Coates in September 2018. At that point, they began training together as a team. From that point forward, they trained together on average about 300 hours per year through the end of 2017. Officer Coates and Bo were first certified in Narcotics, Article Search, Tracking, Criminal Apprehension and Canine Control on January 22, 2009 and have stayed certified for the past 9 years.
During his nine years of service to the City of Streetsboro, Bo has been responsible for over 400 criminal charges filed, over $500,000 in cash and assets seized and 15 firearms removed from the streets. Bo and Officer Coates have assisted local, state and federal agencies with tracking and narcotics detection. In one incident, Bo helped the DEA seize over $300,000 and other contraband. In another incident, Bo located 3 guns, one of which had been used in a shooting the previous day. Bo and Officer Coates have been involved in seizures of marijuana, heroin, cocaine, methamphetamines, and other illicit drugs.
Bo and Officer Coates were also very active in community relations during Bo’s 9 years of service. They participated in nearly 200 community relations events during that time. Events such as demonstrations at Streetsboro Family Days, National Night Out, Safety Town, Fundraisers, UH Touch a Truck, the Portage County Fair and many more. They also participated in Trunk or Treat, Fill-a-Cruisers, Parades, the Citizen’s Police Academy, and others.
During his 9 years of service, Bo was an outstanding member of the Streetsboro Police Department. His hard work and dedication to his job was always apparent in his performance. As Bo now heads off into retirement, we wish him the best and would like to thank him for his service to our city. Streetsboro was a safer place over the past 9 years thanks to Bo and his partner, Officer Coates.