Chattanooga Police Department announced the retirement of CPD K9 Officer Doodle.
K9 Officer Doodle will be reunited with his former handler US Marine Corps Corporal, William Moran, who handled Doodle's second deployment. Doodle is a nine-year old, male Black Labrador trained in explosives detection. Before Doodle served the City of Chattanooga, he served three deployments to Afghanistan with the United States Marine Corps.
• USMC Deployment 1: 10/13/2009 to 5/27/2010 • USMC Deployment 2: 10/31/2010 to 6/11/2011 • USMC Deployment 3: 1/2/2012 to 7/23/2012
During his last deployment he was assigned to the 1st Battalion/8th Marine Regiment, which was part of the 1st Marine Expeditionary Force based at Camp Leatherneck, Afghanistan in the Helmand Province. During his deployments he was in close proximity to at least two improvised explosive device (IED) explosions and was credited with several IED finds. On Dec. 5, 2012 he was transferred to the care of the CPD by K2 K9 Solutions. He subsequently served with two different handlers in the CPD K9 Unit.
“The loyalty you feel from a K9 like Doodle is uncomparable,” said Chief of Police Fred Fletcher. “He has been a partner and a protector to our country and our community.”
In his time in Chattanooga, he conducted numerous sweeps of the Chattanooga Airport, Riverbend Festival site and other sensitive locations. Doodle has assisted in locating firearms and related evidence during his service with the Chattanooga Police Department. In early January of 2016, Doodle was removed from service.