By BRAD KELLAR
The Greenville Police Department will be bidding farewell this week to one its most decorated officers, who is known for his loyalty, his sense of smell and for his four legs and a tail.
A retirement ceremony is scheduled Monday for K-9 Officer Ceiko. The event will be from 3 until 5 p.m. in the Community Room at the Police/Courts Building, 3000 Lee Street downtown.
Ceiko is a German Shepherd imported and trained in Germany for both patrol and drug interdiction duties.
Ceiko and his partner, Officer Robert Pemberton have been working together since 2007 and are often contacted by nearby law enforcement agencies to assist with narcotics searches. The team have also been responsible for several major narcotics and marijuana busts.
In March 2011, the pair claimed multiple honors during the United States Police Canine Association (USPCA) annual certification trials that were held in Cedar Hill the week of March 14th.
The City of Greenville is a member of Region 20, which consists of several police departments in East Texas and the Metroplex. Pemberton and Ceiko obtained certifications in narcotics detection, tracking and patrol work.
The pair competed against 22 other K-9 teams and took home the first place award in narcotics-indoors, second place awards in criminal apprehension and obedience and third place award in patrol team.
The Greenville Police Department receives its K-9 drug detection certification from USPCA, which is the recognized leader in the nation for K-9 certification programs. USPCA is considered the advocate of accepted and stringent standards in training, testing and certification for police canines and their handlers. The standards set and maintained by USPCA are court tested and used by courts as the accepted standard.
In January 2010, Ceiko was presented with a special protective vest, designed to be both bullet and stab resistant.