Officer Writes Stern Letter To K9 Who Damaged Patrol Vehicle During Traffic Stop


After a long day at work, it’s typical to want to wind down and relax with something that melts away the stress of the day. A long bath, a cold drink, a good show. Police work is especially stressful and police dogs have to find other ways to wind down.

One police dog in Post Falls, Idaho, recieved a severe reprimand from his Patrol Lieutenant after his preferred way to wind down was found out by his handler. To be fair – it was getting to be a long day for Duco. While heading home after a shift, Duco’s handler spotted a car moving erratically and pulled them over, leaving Duco in the car while talking to the driver. Duco was ready for the day to be over. Instead of waiting to get home to stretch out on the floor or couch with his toys, he decided to end the day right then.

It’s clear that Duco’s favorite way to relax after a long day is to chew. He’s often pictured on the Post Falls Police K9 Unit’s Facebook Page with a toy between his teeth!

When Seargeant Frank Bowne returned to the car he found that the weather stripping had been chewed to bits by Duco. When Patrol Lieutenant Mark Brantl heard what had been done to the patrol vehicle, he sent Duco a serious warning.

To:​​Duco, Police Services Dawg​

From:​​Mark Brantl, Patrol Lieutenant

Date:​​February 28th, 2019​​

Subject: ​Letter of Counselling damage to pawtrol vehicle​ ​

I was advised on February 27th, 2019 by your handler, Sergeant Frank Bowne, of damage that was caused to the weather stripping on the rear door of his patrol vehicle. It is my understanding that just after midnight on February 27th, 2019 as your handler was driving you home that he witnessed a vehicle being driven in an erratic manner. Sergeant Bowne made a traffic stop on that vehicle to check on the status of the driver. After finishing that traffic stop, Sergeant Bowne continued on and drove you home.

Once the two of you arrived at the residence Sergeant Bowne discovered the remnants of the door’s weather stripping. Quick investigation on his part showed teeth marks, drool patterns and paw prints on the door and the destroyed weather stripping. Based on this evidence, it is Sergeant Bowne’s suspicion that you caused the damage during the traffic stop.

Duco, I understand that you are subjected to Sgt. Bowne’s horrible classic country music on a daily basis which must be ruff for you. It is pawsible that you were simply frustrated by an after-shift traffic stop when you just wanted to get home to your dinner. Regardless of the matter, this kind of damage in not acceptable, especially given the fact that you had previously chewed on the weather stripping and Sergeant Bowne thought he found a way to prevent you from getting to it again. It is unnecessary for you to try and prove that you are smarter than Sergeant Bowne….we already know this!

It was brought to my attention that Sergeant Bowne was gruff with you during your training day about the damage. I heard that he hounded you about it and said some hurtful things. Rest assured that, at this point, we will not be taking away your toys. We know that you are a good boy. However, I need to make sure you understand that any further incidents of this nature could result in further discipline up to and including neutering.

Duco will probably think twice before he treats Seargeant Bowne’s patrol car like a chew toy again – those are some pretty harsh repercussions!

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