The Indiana State Police says they’re saddened to announce the death of retired canine and team member, Camo. ISP says the 12-year-old dog (pictured) was euthanized on Friday morning after a long battle with Degenerative Myelopathy. Camo had a 10-year career patrolling for the district, and was also a part-time member of the ISP SWAT team, where police say he was called to nearly every SWAT situation when he began that role in 2009.
“I am deeply saddened by the death of Camo, he was an invaluable asset to our district for nearly 10 years,” District Commander Lt. Jeff Payne said, in a release. “He undoubtedly saved lives and made our communities safer. He will be greatly missed.”
ISP adds Camo quickly earned the utmost confidence and respect after taking on his part-time SWAT team role, as members brought him on full-time in 2016, making Camo the first state police canine assigned full-time to a SWAT team.
“He continued to work diligently and since 2013 had responded to more than 450 SWAT calls,” ISP said in a release. “Camo has set the bar and laid the groundwork for future SWAT Canine Teams.”
ISP says Camo began his 10-year career in 2007 when he was two-years-old, and his career highlights include:
- Being responsible for finding thousands of pounds of narcotics, millions of dollars in drug money and taking criminals off the streets.
- Locating 27 Kilos of cocaine in a single investigation
- Finding more than 2000 pounds of marijuana
- His largest single cash seizure in a single incident was over $2,000,000.
“Camo was more than a canine, he was family,” Master Trooper Greg Magee said, in a release. “I knew I could always count on him to cover my back and to be there when I needed him. He loved going to work everyday and each time he heard my police car start his excitement was exuberant. I will hold the memory of Camo deeply in my heart and feel so fortunate to have been his partner for more than 10 years.”
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