'Thank you JR': Tucson police dog retires after 10 years of service

JR has definitely earned his retirement along with loads of treats and love.

The Tucson Police Department took to Facebook over the weekend to celebrate the retirement of one of its beloved K-9s.

JR, who officially retired in September, according to the Facebook post, served 10 years with the department as an explosives ordinance detection K-9.

According to the post, JR, a black Labrador retriever was born in September of 2005 and was initially being trained in a duck hunting retrieval program in California.

He eventually made his way to a explosive detection school in Wisconsin before joining the Tucson Police Department in September of 2007.

His decade on the force, according to the department, included about 1,200 missions. He was also a familiar face at University of Arizona sporting events.

"Since his retirement," the department wrote, "he has already made several appearances at the police stations to say hello to his friends and former co-workers." 

The department said JR is already enjoying his retirement with his family at his forever home with his handler, Officer Rob McCusker.

Thank you for keeping Tucson safe, JR!

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