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SOURCE: examiner.org

“As much as I enjoy working in the canine unit, I don’t know if I am prepared to give the commitment to the department to handle another dog,” Marlow said. “I’m at a point where I can take retirement in a few years and go elsewhere.

“Also, there might be an opportunity for a promotion here.”

Marlow’s partner, Arco, was recently certified for another year of service, but it will be the nine-year-old Belgian Malinois’ last.

Arco has wrapped up seven years of service and will end with eight, about as much as a handler can hope for.

“He still wants to do the job,” Marlow said of his furry partner, “but when I work him hard, it takes a couple days for him to recover.”

Retiring Arco opens the way for Marlow to leave a post he has held since 2005 and help with the transition to another handler.

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