Men and Women of the BPD Salute K-9 Koda on his Retirement: This past week the Boston Police Department lost a valued member of its crime-fighting community as BPD K-9 Koda called it a career, working his final tour of duty on April 12, 2018, after eight years of faithfully protecting and serving the citizens of Boston. Said his handler, “Without a doubt, it was an absolute honor and privilege to partner with Koda. As any K-9 officer will tell you, the relationship and bond between a K-9 officer and his dog is as strong and special as they come. To say I’m gonna miss him is an absolute understatement. He knew how to protect and serve. He always had my back. And, as much as I hate to see him go, there’s no doubt his retirement is definitely well-earned and well deserved.” It should also be noted that on his final tour of duty, Koda, a narcotics dog by trade, assisted members of the District E-5 Neighborhood Drug Control Unit during the execution of a search warrant in West Roxbury which led to the recovery of a substantial amount of illegal drugs. Said his handler, “That’s classic Koda. Working hard right up until the very end. Treating his last day like it was his first.” From all of us here at the Boston Police Department, we salute our furry four-legged friend and colleague and wish him well in retirement.