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Mobridge Police Department

End of Watch - 08/08/2004

Officer Gorro

This page serves as a Memorial to our former Police Service Dog (PSD) Gorro. Gorro was a German Sheppard trained in drug detection. Gorro was born, raised and trained in the Czech Republic. He was brought to the United States just before his second birthday by an international law enforcement K-9 service agency.

About a year and a half later, in February of 1998, Gorro became a PSD as part of a K-9 Unit for the Mobridge Police Department. PSD Gorro's handler was then Officer Jeff Jensen. PSD Gorro and Officer Jensen patrolled as a drug detection team, with PSD Gorro giving more than six years of service.

During PSD Gorro's time of service, he was credited with more than 225 drug searches, of which he never once gave a false detection. Other than having a 100% accuracy record, PSD Gorro also contributed to the seizure of over $2,000 in detected drug money.

According to his handler, one of PSD Gorro's best detections was when he immediately detected less than one milligram of cocaine in a miniature sealed plastic baggie that was hidden inside the middle of a Bible located inside a drawer in a motel room. In his off-duty time, PSD Gorro enjoyed just being a dog. Playing with his handler, fetching and swimming were his favorite activities.

The best attribute of PSD Gorro was his loyalty to his partner. This attribute showed the time when Officer Jensen had to physically apprehend a resisting suspect. "Gorro just about broke through the metal bars of his car cage when he thought I was in trouble," stated Jensen. "He was very protective of me even though he was not trained as a bite dog. However, he was still very gentle with the public, especially children."

PSD Gorro was diagnosed with lymphatic cancer and was put down in the summer of 2004 at the age of nine. His handler, the department and the community miss him and shall remember him forever...