Police spokeswoman Aisha Johnson said Oskar, a 5-year-old German shepherd, joined the department in August 2010 and was trained in narcotics detection, tracking and criminal apprehension.
Over the course of his career, Oskar recovered 70 pounds of marijuana, 44 grams of cocaine and 26 ecstasy pills, Johnson said. On at least one occasion, the dog found a handgun tossed by a person running from police.
Johnson said Oskar was paired with Officer T.A. Barber.
“The men and women of the Roanoke Police Department are proud to have served with K9 Oskar and are proud of his service,” Johnson wrote in a statement.
– Chase Purdy, The Roanoke Times
I have a special place in my heart for all service dogs, no matter if their partner is a police officer, military member, or a person with a physical challenge. These dogs live to be of service and they ask for little in return. Smart, loyal and brave, these dogs keep us safe and help people stay independant. Rest easy, Oskar. You were a proud servant of the people of Roanoke and we honor your memory.