Celebrating K9 Capo's Retirement

August 19, 2019 by Dana Rasmussen

Celebrating K9 Capo's Retirement

The relationship between a K9 handler and their dog is a strong one, and it’s difficult on both when retirement comes.

For the handler, they miss working with a dog that would literally die for them. For the dog, they miss doing a job they’ve been highly trained for throughout the bulk of their life. However, it’s important that working dogs retire and enjoy the good life as a thank you for all their years of service.

After serving the Cheyenne Police Department in Wyoming for seven years, K-9 Capo has retired. During his time working with his handler, Officer Lisa Koeppel, Capo finished his career quite successfully.

In fact, Capo performed more than 1,000 drug searches, seized more than 170 pounds of various narcotics, was involved in more than 300 citations and nearly 500 arrests, and led to more than $26,000 being recovered.

CAREER K-9 REPORT
FOR YEARS OF: 2012-2019
K-9 CAPO
HANDLER KOEPPEL

DEMONSTRATIONS

27

DRUG SEARCHES 1120
SCHOOL SEARCHES 33
OTHER DEPLOYMENTS 132
ASSIST OUTSIDE AGENCIES 123
BUILDING SEARCHES 50
EVIDENCE SEARCHES 42
PATROL ROUTE 58
TRACKING/OPEN AREA SEARCH 87
NON-PHYSICAL APPREHENSIONS 55
PHYSICAL APPREHENSIONS 3
MARIJUANA SEIZED 170.5 pounds
METHAMPHETAMINE SEIZED 20.7 ounces
COCAINE SEIZED 10 grams
HEROIN SEIZED 4.2 ounces
CASH SEIZED $26,416.00
CITATIONS 310
ARRESTS 496
ADDITIONAL NOTES:
  • 10 Firearms recovered as evidence
  • 1 mobile MDMA lab seizure due to K9 indication

Capo also saved the life of his handler when she was attacked by a suspect. When the suspect attacked Koeppel, Capo was in the patrol car. Koeppel was able to release Capo by pushing a button on her police vest, which opened the door of her vehicle, and Capo apprehended the suspect.

Now that Capo has retired, he spends his days relaxing. living the good life.

“Capo spends his days laying on my bed,“ Koeppel said. “He’s a lazy dog and enjoys it!”

Koeppel has also begun working with a new dog named Tyler. Both dogs live with Koeppel and after a brief period of sibling rivalry (Capo wouldn’t let Tyler sleep in the bed with himself and Koeppel), the two are now great friends.

“It’s hard to switch and take on a different dog because you build such a bond with your dog, and that’s what Capo and I have,” Koeppel said. “It sounds kind of funny, but you don’t want to hurt the feelings of your old dog. But it’s been an adjustment and everyone is happy and doing well. Capo and I still have our alone time together, and we’ll always have our bond.”

Read more about Koeppel and join us in welcoming Tyler to the Cheyenne Police Department.

 

*In October 2017, the Cheyenne Police Department won a grant from Tyler Technologies to fund a K9 unit as a part of Tyler’s commitment to making communities safer together. To provide this grant, Tyler Technologies worked with Sean’s K-9s, an organization committed to providing grants to law enforcement agencies in need of financial support to establish or maintain their K-9 teams. Follow along with this series as it details the Cheyenne PD, Officer Lisa Koeppel, and her new K9, named Tyler.

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