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K-9 Duco remembered for service to Cedar City community and police department

Duco leaps from hovering helicopter during “Police Dogs and Hot Dogs in the Park” event, Cedar City, Utah, Aug. 9, 2021.

Duco leaps from hovering helicopter during “Police Dogs and Hot Dogs in the Park” event, Cedar City, Utah, Aug. 9, 2021. (Jeff Richards, St. George News via Cedar City News)


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CEDAR CITY — When working for law enforcement, he could pick up the scent of drugs when officers could not. He had the ability to make suspects in criminal cases stop resisting arrest when nothing else would, even a taser. And he possessed the strength to endure several city council meetings, where he was doted on by city officials.

On Tuesday, the Cedar City Police Department announced law enforcement K-9 Duco died from natural causes after more than seven years serving on the force. St. George News spoke with two officers who worked side-by-side with the Belgian Malinois, who quickly became a community favorite at police-sponsored community events.

Duco joined the Cedar City Police Department in 2015, working with Lt. Clint Pollock. In March of that year, the Utah Highway Patrol requested assistance from a K-9 officer and 14 pounds of methamphetamine was removed from Interstate 15 as a result.

While this was his first "bust," hundreds of pounds of drugs would follow. Pollock explained that many times an officer can become suspicious when a suspect has malfunctioning lights, appears intoxicated or is jittery when questioned. Still, other suspected criminals are not anxious, they have travel plans and they do not appear intoxicated.

Read the full article at St. George News.

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