Cedar Rapids Police Dog Retires

by Ben Hoppenworth

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa - A dog has wrapped up his tenure with the Cedar Rapids Police Department. Marco is a 10-year-old Belgian Malinois. He has worked closely with Officer Al Fear for about the last eight years.

Marco said his farewells to the police force at his retirement party at Pet’s Playhouse on Saturday Afternoon. The party was part of the Cedar Rapids Police Department’s annual fundraiser where Marco even put on a display of some of his skills.

K9 Trainer with the Cedar Rapids Police Department, Casey Bilden, says Marco still has the ability to perform well on the force, but that it was just time for him to retire with and enjoy some rest and relaxation.

Bilden says Marco has been very reliable in his terms of service and has done a lot in tracking down criminals.

“Marco’s been a great dog. He’s been responsible. (He’s helped with) some of our greatest captures of criminals. (He’s) literally taken tons of narcotics off the street,” said Bilden.

Marco’s most noteable takedown of late comes from May of 2012 when he helped track down convicted murderer Isaiah Sweet who is serving a life sentence without parole.

The Cedar Rapids police department now has dogs in training who will eventually take over Marco’s shift.

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