Kaukauna Police Department News Release
KAUKAUNA — Saturday marks the final patrol shift for Kaukauna Police Department K-9 Rocko with his handler Officer Lucas Meyer.
Rocko will be retiring from his patrol duties following, but will still be around the community making occasional appearances as he enjoys his retirement, according to a social media post from the police department.
Rocko began his career as Kaukauna’s first police K-9 in 2015 when he and Meyer began training together in the mountains of Albuquerque, New Mexico.
Rocko, who is now 9 – 1/2 years old, and Meyer have served the city of Kaukauna for the past eight years together working patrol as well as conducting countless community presentations.
Working police dogs dogs typically have 6-8 year careers, and although Rocko is relatively healthy he has encountered some health concerns and has slowed in his older age.
Throughout their career Rocko and Meyer have nearly 800 career deployments resulting in the seizure of large sums of illegal narcotics, to include pounds of methamphetamine, as well as 14 illegally possessed Firearms.
“We would like to thank the Kaukauna K9 Committee, the Kaukauna Veterinary Clinic, Clever K9s, as well as our entire community for your support of the Kaukauna K9 program. Without your support none of this would have been possible,” read the police department’s post. “We wish Rocko the best in his retirement and hope he enjoys many more years of treats and belly rubs.”