Tank, a St. Charles County K-9 officer with one of the best noses in the business, has turned in his police badge and his license to sniff after seven years on the beat finding lost people and putting bad guys in jail. The St. Charles County Police Department celebrated Tank’s years of faithful service Sept. 15 with a retirement ceremony.
An 8-year-old Hanoverian hound, Tank has worked in the Police Department with his handler, Officer Courtney Spiess, since 2016, specializing in tracking, item recovery, and narcotics detection. During his career, Tank:
- helped locate and save 13 missing people who were at risk of harm due to mental or physical health needs.
- tracked multiple bank robbers, escaped inmates and homicide suspects.
- played an essential role locating key evidence for an armed robbery case in St. Charles City and a homicide case in Bridgeton.
- located a combined total of $100,000 in cash associated with illegal narcotics during two notable drug arrests.
Because of recent health challenges, Tank will transition to being a full-time house dog living with Officer Spiess.
“Tank has certainly earned his retirement, and we hope he gets to enjoy many more happy years at home with Officer Spiess,” says Police Chief Kurt Frisz. “He’s been a great K-9 officer, and we’ll miss seeing him at the station.”
When asked how he would spend his time once he’s not busy being a hero, Tank replied “Woof, woof-woof, woof.” Translation: “I’ll be taking it easy and getting a lot of play time with my stuffed animals.”