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Posted on: February 13, 2020

[ARCHIVED] Police Service Dog Leonidas retires


CLARKSVILLE, Tenn.  – Police Service Dog Leonidas, affectionately known as Leo, will soon be enjoying treats and leisurely days basking in the sun instead of finding drugs, tracking down suspects and helping to keep the City of Clarksville safe. Leo, 9, was officially approved for retirement through a City Council resolution on Feb 6. 

PSD Leo became part of the Clarksville Police Department’s crime-fighting team in October 2012.  Leo was dual-purpose trained for patrol activities and narcotics detection. During his seven years of service to the Clarksville Police Department, PSD Leo patrolled daily with more than 800 deployments and 2,000 finds, encompassing everything from small amounts of drugs, to several pounds of marijuana. He located instruments used during commission of crimes, searched buildings and tracked suspects trying to elude police.  He also provided demonstrations to the public, highlighting the capabilities and value of K-9s in law enforcement.

PSD Leo provided loyal service to his first handler, Officer Mark Wilson, as well as his current handler, Officer Gary Mefford. Officer Mefford and PSD Leo have been partnered for the last four years.  

PSD Leo will continue to live in retirement with Officer Mefford and enjoy being a spoiled dog, after years of dedicated service to the community.

Officer Mefford has a new K9 partner, Chase, who will soon be patrolling the streets after training is complete. 

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