In May of 2021, Syracuse Police Department retired Police Service Dog (PSD) Atlas after six years of faithful service to the department and the community. In late 2020, we learned Atlas was suffering from significant arthritis, which was making it difficult for him to do his work without substantial pain. The decision to retire Atlas was difficult, but it was the best decision for his health. He will now join Sgt. Handy and his family in what will hopefully be a long and restful retirement filled with pig ear treats and belly rubs.
Using beer tax money, we were able to purchase a new police service dog. We are pleased to welcome PSD Jax to our family. PSD Jax is a 14-month-old German Shepherd who comes to us all the way from Holland. He is learning basic obedience skills and getting used to his new family and surroundings. He has a lot of energy and is anxious to start working. He and Officer Wakefield will get their certification training this summer. We look forward to great things from this K9 team.