LPD's Canine Cop Oliver Retires

By: Lori Dougovito
By: Lori Dougovito

It's his last day on the force, but he won't be retiring to Florida or even returning to the Lansing Police Department as a consultant. Instead, Oliver, one of LPD's most distinguished canine cops, will be heading home with his handler.

Norm Naimy, Oliver's handler, says going to work without him will be hard because he's used to always having him by his side. The pair has searched more then 600 buildings, tracked just as many criminals, and conducted well over 100 crime fighting demonstrations. Oliver has a tracking success rate of 51 percent, although last year he topped out at 66 percent, well over the national average for urban tracking.

On Thursday, the Lansing Police Department held a party to honor Oliver. Upon retirement, Oliver will be heading home to live with his handler.


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