K-9 Officer Bo Retired
After 9 years of service with the Hoffman Estates Police Department’s canine unit, K-9 “Bo” is retiring. Bo first joined the department in late 1993 as the first Hoffman Estates Police dog. Bo was trained and certified with his handler: Officer Joe Dornbos at the Chicago Police Departments K-9 Training Center.
Since his first day on the street in April 1994 Bo has completed over 1,464 K-9 service calls. In addition to Bo’s daily service to the Village of Hoffman Estates he serviced 20 other local communities and 9 county, state and federal agencies which included: the State Police, D.E.A. U.S. Customs, F.B.I., Cook County Sheriff’s Police and Gang unit and the Chicago Police Departments Gang Unit.
Bo had over 250 narcotic finds; he located 15 articles of evidence and located numerous offenders. Bo also completed 21 crowd controls and 148 officer safety uses which were occasions when he was utilized on felony stops, when subjects had weapons, covering multiple subjects, for subjects fighting and other back up’s.
Some of Bo’s accomplishments are: tracking and locating a missing suicidal subject who was unconscious and had overdosed in a heavily wooded area and tracking a shooting suspect to his residence where he was located and taken into custody. Bo also located 14 burglary suspects, 4 auto theft suspects, 1 escape suspect, 1 robbery suspect, 2 suicidal subjects, 1 subject with a gun, 4 shots fired suspects, and 2 subjects on foot pursuits.
Bo will be living with his handler and family and will be well cared for. Bo’s handler Joe Dornbos said “it has been an awesome 9 years with Bo”. I was blessed to have had Bo as my partner. He showed tremendous heart and dedication in the performance of his duties on the street. I will be able to take care of him in retirement like he took care of me on the street for so long. I will miss him tremendously as my partner.