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Newport Beach Police Department
Friday March 31st, 2017 :: 04:15 p.m. PDT
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In Memoriam: Retired Police Canine Elko

It is with a heavy heart that we announce the passing of retired Police Canine Elko.  Elko, a Belgian Malinois, retired on April 15, 2015 after being partnered with Officer Roland Stucken for five years.  During these years of service to the Newport Beach Police Department, Elko never wavered in the face of danger while protecting his handler, other officers, or members of the community.  He was directly or indirectly responsible for apprehending numerous violent criminals as well as locating several hundred pounds of narcotics which were taken off the streets.

Elko was also a beloved member of the Newport Beach community and NBPD Family.  His name is an homage to the fact that the Newport Harbor Elks Lodge #1767 generously donated $15,000 for his purchase, and Elko continued to connect the Department to the citizens of this City throughout his career.  He was a highlight at many community events and a favorite at our Citizens’ and Teen Academies.  Elko, always energetic and alert, was the most vocal one in the room during demonstrations.  He was a versatile member of our team, as comfortable receiving belly rubs from his fans as he was working with the S.W.A.T. Team.

Elko was able to enjoy two years of retirement while still in the care of his partner, Officer Stucken.  When Elko ultimately passed away earlier this week, he was surrounded by the handlers who had trained with him during his career.  Elko left us doing what he loved the most: biting a training bite sleeve.  He will always be remembered as a protector of our officers and our community, but also as a dearly-loved friend.

In the words of Officer Stucken: “Rest easy, my friend.  You served your community proudly and will be missed by many.  Sus brav, Elko, sus brav.”

The last line is Dutch, the language used for Elko’s commands.  It means, “Good boy, Elko, good boy.”

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Newport Beach Police Department
870 Santa Barbara Dr
Newport Beach, CA 92660

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