Muscatine K-9 police officer ‘Nero’ unexpectedly dies

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Nero served in the Muscatine Police Department with Sergeant Minnat Patel for just over seven years.

MUSCATINE, Iowa – The Muscatine Police Department lost one of its best on November 15 with the death of K-9 Officer Nero.

Muscatine City Hall issued a press release on Tuesday claiming that nine-year-old Nero passed away peacefully and unexpectedly after serving in the MPD for just over seven years.

Nero was a German Shepherd from Slovakia who graduated from a six-week dual-use drug detector dog class in September 2014. The training consisted of training in drug detection, as well as track and field training. ‘apprehension.

“The Muscatine Police Department mourns the loss of its K-9 officer Nero,” Muscatine Police Chief Brett Talkington said. “Nero passed away suddenly on Monday (November 15) and was nine years old. Nero served from October 15, 2014 until November 15, 2021, alongside his partner and master, Sergeant Minnat Patel.

Nero’s first duties began on Uniform Patrol with Sergeant Patel after the two received their certification by American Working Dog. The duo worked side by side on patrols and in monthly training sessions to ensure their canine and handling skills were sharp.

Throughout his career, Nero has played a key role in hunting down suspects and illegal drugs while also becoming something of a public figure at events for Muscatine PD.

He wore the # 252 badge throughout his career.

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