The City of Cape Town’s (COCT) K9 Unit has said goodbye to two of its most trusted officers who are retiring after eight years of service.
According to the COCT
‘s Mayoral Committee Member for Safety and Security JP Smith, officers Flynn and Kubla Khani had not just become members of the family, but their work within the unit has boosted the morale and helped to reduce the stress of the officers.
“This a sad and exciting day for the unit. Our K9 officers are very much part of the unit as their human colleagues and become like family,” Smith indicated.
Both dogs were born in 2011 and acquired by the metro police department in 2013. The K9 Flynn was trained to protect and also to detect explosives, while Kubla Khani picked up an injury during training which meant she could not pursue active duty but remained part of the team.
Meanwhile, News 24
reported that the COCT currently has 20 active K9s and earlier this year it was established that they played an important role in the COCT’s safety plan.