Mesa PD mourns loss of K-9 officer


MESA, Ariz. - The Mesa Police Department took to Facebook Wednesday to announce they had lost one of their own.

The department said K-9 Aik passed away from a sudden case of pneumonia.

According to the department, Aik, born in Germany, was purchased in 2013. He was certified that same year as narcotic detection K-9.

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He was chosen for that, Mesa PD said, because of his "willingness to learn and play."

During his time on the force, Mesa police said Aik located hidden drugs 182 times, and when he's wasn't on duty, he enjoyed playing in a pool.

Aik's watch officially ended on Wednesday, March 7.