After six years of service with the Gautier Police Department, K-9 Justice is finally getting some well-deserved rest. The Gautier Police Department announced Wednesday that Justice will be retiring from service.
Justice’s partner, Captain David Bever, says the nine-year-old dog is starting to show signs of joint pain and Bever wants Justice to be able to relax and enjoy the rest of his life.
During his time with Gautier PD, Justice has earned several awards from the United States Police Canine Association over the years during his annual certifications as well as the seizure of narcotics, bulks of cash, and the apprehension of several criminals, one of which Bever still remembers. “Uh, one of my favorite memories was patrol got into a pursuit with a person and they fled the vehicle, ran into the woods. And during the track we found the guy’s shoe. We found his pants. And then we eventually found him. He had ended up stripping off all of his clothes when we found him and he gave up once Justice got within six feet of him.”
Justice will spend his retirement years with the Bever family. The Gautier Police Department also intends to acquire another K-9 soon.