K9 Turbo, BCPD's first drug detection canine passed away on May 16th, 2019, due to severe pain from medical conditions he incurred due his age. Turbo was 15 years old. Turbo started his law enforcement career with the BCPD in 2007. He was purchased from Puget Sound Detection Dogs in Marysville, Washington in 2007, and started work with the BCPD soon after. Turbo was handled by three handlers during his career, starting with Officer Wayne Chastain. Officer Chastain relinquished his handler duties to Officer Mike Harris when Officer Chastain deployed to Iraq in 2009. Officer Mike Harris relinquished his handler duties to Officer Rand Weaver when Officer Harris took a job with the La Grande Police Department in 2010. Turbo remained with Officer Weaver throughout the rest of his career, retiring in 2015 after the legalization of marijuana in the State of Oregon. Turbo enjoyed retirement in the ownership of his last handler, Officer Weaver. Turbo participated in numerous community presentations in addition to his detection duties. He was responsible for many drug seizures during his career to include the highlight of his career in 2008 when he alerted to a car on Interstate 84 traveling from Las Vegas, NV, to Seattle, WA. Upon searching the car pursuant to Turbo's alert to the vehicle, officers seized 200 Oxycontin pills, 662 pills of Ecstasy, one pound of marijuana, and $9,914.00 in US currency. Several people from the Seattle area were arrested and convicted in that case. Turbo was transported to Halfway where he was cremated by Tami's Pine Valley Funeral Home & Cremation Services.
Thank you Turbo for your many years of service to the BCPD and our citizens.
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