UPD narcotics officer nearing retirement

Narcotics K-9 Max, a German Shepard that joined the Uvalde Police Department at the age of 3, will retire soon after nearly five years of service.

His handler, Cpl. Felipe Ramon, has agreed to keep his four-legged partner. Ramon has been Max’s only handler during his time with the department.

Max, who is trained to recognize the scent of narcotics and drug paraphernalia, conducts open air, house, building and vehicle searches. He is also trained in luggage searches. He joined the department after the previous police dog developed a health issue.

As the only members of the K-9 unit in Uvalde, the duo is on call 24/7 and is also available to assist other agencies in the area if needed.

The decision to retire Max was announced Tuesday during a regular meeting of Uvalde City Council. There, Uvalde Police Department Chief Daniel Rodriguez said Max has been less active and barely passed his re-certification last June. Another re-certification course is scheduled at the end of the month.

“During the first few years, Max was very active and was utilized to his maximum capacity. On Feb. 28, 2017, he was taken to Southwest Texas Veterinary Medical Center and his spleen was removed,” Rodriguez said.


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