The Snellville mayor and city council on Monday night offered best wishes in retirement to a city police officer and his K-9 partner.
Sgt. Will Collins and K-9 Bart were honored at the council meeting with a proclamation presented by Mayor Tom Witts. Collins joined the department in 2002, becoming a K-9 handler and partnering with Bart in 2008.
Bart received National Police Working Dog Association Certification and with Collins became a formidable team, the city said. The duo recorded more than 101 drug-related arrests and apprehended nine criminal offenders during their time together.
Bart and Collins also responded to 99 off-duty call-outs and performed 129 public-relations events.
Bart retired on Jan. 15 and Collins retired from active duty on April 7, serving now as a reserve officer.
Witts presented the proclamation to “express our deep appreciation and gratitude to Sgt. Collins and K-9 Bart for their dedicated service during their tenure with the city of Snellville.” The proclamation also sent the city’s “very best wishes for happiness and good health in the future.”