After a stellar 6-year career with the Battle Ground Police Department, K-9 Officer Haulf retired in August of this year. He was honored at the November 18th city council meeting for his outstanding service.
Haulf, a German Shepherd, came to the department in 2007 where he and partner Officer Chris Crouch completed an extensive 10-week training program and became Narcotics & Patrol Certified. In 2010 Officer Crouch and Haulf were appointed to the SW Washington Regional SWAT team where they served until Haulf’s retirement. During his tenure with the Battle Ground Police Department, Haulf logged 116 captures; 270 assists; 108 SWAT deployments; and 33 narcotic finds.
The K-9 program is an essential part of Battle Ground’s law enforcement efforts in providing effective and safe service. During a building or perimeter search, a K-9 has the ability to locate suspects without unnecessarily exposing officers to danger. In addition, K-9’s certified in narcotics provide a sophisticated and effective form of illicit drug detection.
As the only K-9 in Battle Ground, Haulf’s retirement left an opening for a new K-9 to join the force. Luca, an almost-2-year-old German Shepherd and Officer Crouch are currently in training and working toward certification in narcotics and patrol.
Meanwhile, Haulf is living a life of leisure in his new role as pet at the Crouch household.