KPD e-News Release: Kingsport Police Hold Retirement Party for K-9 Axyl

Kingsport Police Department

200 Shelby Street • Kingsport, TN 37660

ThomasMPatton • 423-229-9433 (Desk) • 423-224-2786 (FAX)

SUBJECT: Kingsport Police Hold Retirement Party for K-9 Axyl
DATE: October 19, 2016
On October 19, 2016 at 2:00 PM, the Kingsport Police Department held a retirement party for K-9 Axyl. Axyl is retiring from active law enforcement duty after eight years of loyal and dedicated service to the K.P.D. K-9 Unit from 2008—2016.

Axyl has been assigned as a partner to his handler, Officer Brian Taylor. A veteran K-9 Handler, Officer Taylor joined the Kingsport Police Department in 1990 and has been assigned to the K-9 Unit since 2004, having previously been partnered with K-9 Zak. Upon his retirement, Axyl will live out his remaining years, likely in a more relaxed style, at the home of Officer Taylor.

Axyl is a nine year old German Shepherd/Belgian Malinois cross and was purchased from Shallow Creek Kennels in Pennsylvania. Shortly after being acquired by K.P.D., Axyl and Officer Taylor attended a 14-week Dual Purpose Basic Police Dog Handler School conducted by the Sullivan County Sheriff’s Office. During the school, they received instruction in Criminal Apprehension, Tracking, Evidence Recovery, Obedience, Agility, and Explosives Detection.

As a team, Axyl and Officer Taylor maintained annual certification through the United States Police Canine Association (USPCA) and the North American Police Working Dog Association (NAPWDA).

During his career, Axyl conducted numerous explosives checks at a variety of locations to include Bristol Motor Speedway, Kingsport’s annual Fun Fest, former President George W. Bush’s airplane, Tri Cities Airport, both the Kingsport and Hawkins County Justice Centers, and numerous area schools and businesses.

The Kingsport Police Department is home to the second oldest K-9 Unit in the State of Tennessee and has three other dog/handler teams to include Officer Billy Boyd and K-9 Reko, Officer David Johnson and K-9 Nim, and Officer Ken Jackson and K-9 Roi.

After dedicating 12 years of his law enforcement career to the K-9 Unit, Officer Taylor will be leaving the K-9 Unit, but he will remain with the Kingsport Police Department in another assignment. K.P.D. is in the process of selecting a new K-9 to replace Axyl as well as a new handler to serve alongside him in the K-9 Unit.

Thomas M. Patton, Public Information Officer

Kingsport Police Department Professional Standards Unit

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