Cypress Police Commander Matt Timney announced the retirement of Police Service Dog Pasko at the meeting of the Cypress City Council on November 12, 2019. Pasko, a German Shepherd bred in Germany, is eight and a half years old and partnered with handler Officer Mike McBain in 2014.
Pasko and Officer McBain, during their five and a half years of partnership, not only performed normal patrol duties but assisted in searches and performed in many demonstrations and community events (such as the Police Department Open House and Cypress Festival).
Together, Pasko and Officer McBain assisted in more than 250 commercial searches, 70 residential searches, and numerous open-air searches. The K-9 officer also caused sixty surrenders and multiple arrests of criminals.
“You know, if you add up five and half years of service, that translates into about 10,000 hours of time together for Mike McBain and Pasko. And if you put that in dog years, we’re looking at forty years of service on Pasko’s part right there!” Commander Timney noted during the presentation.
When Chief Rod Cox joking asked Officer McBain if Pasko had anything to say, Pasko responded with a couple barks, much to the amusement of all present.
Officer McBain was offered the traditional opportunity to purchase Pasko from the City for $1, so Pasko will be living out his golden years as a house pet.
The Cypress Police Department will consider its options in terms of replacing Pasko on its force. In previous instances, the Cypress Police Foundation has assisted with the substantial cost of purchasing a police dog.
The next regular meeting of the Cypress City Council will be November 25, 2019. Agendas for upcoming meetings are available by law several days in advance through the City Clerk’s Office or online at the City website.