K9 unit retires from Radford City Police for another agency

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(Photo: Courtesy Radford City Police Department Facebook)

RADFORD, Va. (WFXR) — After several years of hard work and dedication, one K9 unit will be hanging up his collar and badge at the Radford City Police Department for another agency.

The Radford City Council announced the retirement of K9 Xander on Monday, Sept. 13, according to police.

Xander is a six-year-old Belgian Malinois who has served the Radford City Police Department since 2017. Xander served with two different officers: Officer Jenkins from 2017 to 2019 and then with Officer Tuttle since 2020.

During their year together, Tuttle and Xander spent over 200 hours training; had more 40 deployments together; and has helped multiple jurisdictions including the Town of Pulaski, Montgomery County, Pulaski County, and the Radford Arsenal.

On Monday, the Radford City Council recognized the hard work of Tuttle and Xander. The council stated that they are thankful for Xander’s years of service to the department and wished him well on his next chapter as a K9 unit.

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