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Valko is a nine-and-a-half-year-old German shepherd that served for eight-and-a-half-years on the Robbinsville Police Department. Valko was involved in more than 285 incidents during his career since 2005, consisting of approximately 246 narcotic checks, 33 tracks/building searches for missing persons, and multiple "officer safety" incidents. These include warrant arrests where officers were grossly outnumbered, and building entry and perimeter security while executing search warrants and arrest warrants.
Valko was also responsible for tracking down many people including wanted criminals who ran from being apprehended, elderly men and women suffering from Alzheimer's disease and/or Dementia whom wandered off and were reported missing, and missing children reported lost/missing within Robbinsville and other Townships within Mercer County.
In April 2013, Valko was in the NorthStar VETS Intensive Care Unit for a week. Valko's caretaker, Sergeant Bakay, had brought Valko to the hospital after he collapsed and arrived in a poorly responsive state and was very dehydrated. He was diagnosed with severe pancreatitis (inflammation of the pancreas) and developed pneumonia. He was also previously diagnosed with epilepsy. While in the hospital, Valko received a component of blood called plasma which has remarkable anti-inflammatory properties. It was a long, arduous week, but Valko prevailed against his multiple illnesses.
Valko is currently enjoying his early retirement and has a permanent residence with his partner, Sergeant Bakay. He is greatly missed by the police department, but the opportunity to enjoy his retirement is well-deserved.