K9 Gunnar retires after historic run with partner Officer Hodges

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K9 Gunnar retires after historic run with partner Officer Hodges
Photo courtesy of the Richmond Police Department.

After recovering over 55 firearms and well over 500 wanted criminals since joining his partner Officer Brandon Hodges in March 2017, K9 Gunnar has retired, according to the Richmond Police Department.

On Thursday, Officer Hodges and his impressive police canine patrolled the streets for their final shift together. The pair helped a local agency apprehend two people who were in the process of burglarizing a residence, police said.

Afterward, K9 Gunnar was served a handmade canine-friendly cake, which he happily scarfed down.

The cop and canine team were so effective as partners, Officer Hodges was voted by his pears as Officer of the Year for an historic five consecutive years, from 2017 through 2021.

While K9 Gunnar is turning in his badge, he won’t be missing his partner too much. According to the RPD, he will live out the rest of his life with Officer Hodges and his family. Meanwhile, Officer Hodges will become Detective Hodges this coming Monday.