Longtime K9 Nobel Retires From HPD

Posted: June 28, 2014

HARRISONBURG — One of Harrisonburg Police Department’s finest has retired.

Nobel, a German shepherd and a nine-year veteran of the force, answered his last call this month as a police K-9 and will spend his days in the care of his handler.

Named after Alfred Nobel, the inventor of dynamite, Nobel worked both in explosive detection and patrol utilities such as tracking, searches, and apprehension work.

In a press release, Lt. R.G. Pollard of the HPD said Nobel had a great career as a police canine. Highlights include his role in investigations of several high-profile criminal cases and many explosive safety sweeps in schools and businesses.

The release stated deteriorating health as the reason for Nobel’s retirement.

Nobel’s replacement, Ziva, comes to the HPD from the U.S. military through a program that adopts military dogs out to police departments around the country at no cost to the departments.

Ziva, originally from the Netherlands, is a 4-year-old German shepherd who has spent most of her life as a military working dog. She is training as HPD’s bomb-detection dog and will officially replace Nobel within the K9 unit upon certification through the Virginia Police Canine Association.

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