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MADISON, Wis. - A
valued pair that have been together at the University of Wisconsin Police
Department for more than 11 years retired Friday.
Driscoll and his partner K-9 Rex retired as the longest serving K-9 team in
UWPD history, officials said.
Driscoll said it has
been the best job in the world.
“Being a K-9 handler
is the best. You get to bring your dog to work every day,” Driscoll said in a
release. “I’m going to miss it, but I’m going to miss the people here the
Driscoll has had
nearly every job an officer can have at UWPD, according to the release. He
started his career with the department in February 1999 as a second-shift
patrol officer and moved through the ranks from community officer to
intelligence officer. He became a detective in 2008.
Rex came to UWPD in
2003 when Driscoll was a community officer, police said. Rex specializes in
explosive detection and human tracking, and has been called up by many local
and state agencies for assistance.
The pair has protected
countless national and international dignitaries who have visited campus over
the last decade, including sitting and former presidents, vice presidents,
first ladies, presidential candidates, Bill Gates and Billy Joel, according to
“The highlight of my
protection duties, however, has to be the Dalai Lama,” Driscoll said. “I’ve met
him twice, and it was always a highlight because he always wanted to meet the
police officers involved with his visit and thank them.”
Driscoll said he will
ease into retirement, but admits it will be strange waking up Monday morning
and realizing he’s not a police officer anymore.
Saturday, March 15 2014, 03:46 PM CDT
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