Saturday December 9th, 2023 10:14AM

Lifelong Gwinnett County K-9 officer retires

By Steve Winslow Anchor/Reporter

The law enforcement career of a beloved Gwinnett County K-9 officer has come to an end.

K-9 Elsa has retired this week, according to the Gwinnett County Police Department's press release. 

County Commissioners honored Elsa during their November 7 meeting following a distinguished career of answering over 545 calls, alongside her lifelong handler, Corporal Hylton.

Elsa served Gwinnett County Police for 8 years and is retiring into Corporal Hylton's permanent care, due to advancing age, according to the county's veterinary team.

Gwinnett County Deputy Police Chief says, “The contributions of K9 Elsa over her celebrated career, in addition to rest of our K9 teams, have had a positive impact on the safety of our community over the last several years. With primary functions of locating critical missing persons and children, apprehending offenders who flee and detecting narcotics and evidence, K9 Elsa’s work with Gwinnett County Police demonstrates the excellence of this department and all of its members.”

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