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By Chevon T. Baccus APR
Executive Editor 

Award-winning, Crime Fighting Police K9 Badge Headed for Retirement

 

Last updated 6/24/2020 at 12:14pm

Chevon Baccus

K9 Badge and his handler, Officer Dale Hampton, show off dozens of awards.

After nearly eight years chasing bad guys and sniffing out drugs, Lake Wales Police K9 Badge is hanging up his collar. After his retirement, the Belgian Malinois is transitioning from working dog to family pet in the home of his handler, Officer Dale Hampton.

Badge basked in the attention at his retirement party Friday, June 19, playing with his stuffed toys and accepting "good boys" from about 50 people who came out to wish him well. The partygoers got to take home a special trading card, produced to commemorate Badge's long and award-winning career. The trading card says "Badge is by fa...



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