Donna Ends Distinguished Career
After a distinguished career, the Town of Danville bid
farewell in July to long-time Police K-9 Donna.
Donna and her partner, Officer Mike Ireland, have been an integral part
of the Danville Police
Department since teaming up in January 2006.
Donna, who was born and trained in Holland, is a Belgian Malinois. She began her career with Officer Ireland
when she was three and, now that she is 10, is ready for retirement. The Town Council gave the K-9 unit a send-off
at their July 3, 2012 meeting.
Since joining the Police Department, Donna has been directly
or indirectly involved in hundreds of arrests, ranging from simple misdemeanor
crimes to playing a direct role in the location of
drugs or criminal suspects. In addition to helping solve crimes, Donna was
also an invaluable asset in public relations for the department. She and Officer Ireland performed in over 100
public demonstrations. Her poise and
control around young children made her approachable and endeared her to
everyone she encountered.
Officer Ireland said that one of his fondest memories since
being teamed with Donna was when they located a missing suicidal teenager. After threatening to harm himself, the teen
ran away from his parents’ home. Patrol
officers had been on the lookout for the teen for over an hour when Officer Ireland
and Donna arrived on scene.
Donna tracked the teen from his home for just under a mile,
following his scent along several area streets, before locating him unharmed
under a nearby bridge.
Other notable achievements of her stellar career include
tracking a bank robbery suspect to his apartment, locating an elderly resident
who had gotten lost near Mt. Diablo, and finding the weapon used in an armed
Now that she is retired, Donna has left the excitement of
service at the Police Department but not her long-time partner, Officer Ireland.
Donna will continue to live full-time
with Officer Ireland and his family and will be enjoying a quieter life.
For more information about the K-9 Program, contact Officer
Tom Rossberg at email@example.com.