Beaverton Police Department: Honoring the Service of K9 Alex

By Police Staff20-officer-anderson-and-k9-alex-2016

The Beaverton Police Department regrets to announce that K9 Alex was euthanized last month after an illness. Alex served our community and department exceptionally well with his handler, Officer Steve Anderson, for over 7 years. For those of you who did not know of their exceptional record of service, here is their story.

In 2008 Alex was imported to the United States through Von Grunheide Shepherds of Snohomish, WA. They quickly took to the streets racking up 2905 K9 related calls for service, searching for 20 missing people, 326 misdemeanor suspects and 339 felony suspects.  They backed up officers 418 times, located 46 pieces of evidence discarded by suspects, assisted in the arrest of 73 suspects, and were solely responsible for 63 suspect arrests.

Alex and Officer Anderson spent 7 years, 4 months and 5 days working as a K9 Team for the Beaverton Police Department, spending 3013 hours and 35 minutes in the field looking for criminals. Alex always made sure you knew he was waiting to talk to you in his patrol car in the back lot as you walked by with his one of a kind bark. Alex knew when it was time to put on his serious side when it was time to go search for bad guys, but was never too serious to play tug with you or let you scratch his back. You could always tell when Alex had done a good job in training because he was always rewarded with his favorite toy, anything with a squeaker in it; you could always hear him squeaking coming back to show you what he found. Officer Anderson and Alex leave behind a legacy of hard work and dedicated service to the Beaverton Police Department and the citizens throughout the Metro area.

Please keep Officer Anderson in your thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.