On August 30, 2023, Hanford Police K-9 Officer Nico assisted the Kings County Sheriff’s Office with a pursuit in the City of Hanford.
As the pursuit came to an end and the suspect's vehicle yielded, the driver became combative, posing a serious threat to law enforcement officers. K-9 Officer Nico was deployed to apprehend the suspect and ensure the safety of all involved.
During the apprehension, K-9 Officer Nico was subjected to multiple punches by the combative suspect. K-9 Nico courageously faced adversity to protect his fellow officers until the suspect was taken into custody.
Following this incident, K-9 Officer Nico was taken by his handler to Hanford Veterinary Hospital to receive the necessary medical attention. The injuries sustained during the assault led to an evaluation that determined his medical retirement. This decision was made with the utmost consideration for Nico's health and well-being.
The Hanford Police Department deeply thanks K-9 Officer Nico for his unwavering service and sacrifices. Nico has been an invaluable asset to our law enforcement team for the past five years, and his dedication to duty has not gone unnoticed.
The bond between K-9 officers and their handlers is exceptional, and the decision to retire Nico reflects the commitment to providing him with the best possible care and a comfortable retirement.
While K-9 Officer Nico's active duty has come to an end, his legacy of bravery and service will live on in the hearts of those he protected. We wish Nico a peaceful and comfortable retirement, surrounded by the love and care he deserves.