K9 Elsa, a seasoned member of the Gwinnett County Police Department, is set to retire this month. The decision, made jointly by the department and veterinary staff, comes after Elsa’s eight years of dedicated service, impacted by her advancing age and declining performance.
Elsa’s career is marked by significant achievements, including 545 service calls, 51 patrol apprehensions, 87 narcotic apprehensions, and 133 evidence recoveries.
Deputy Chief of Police Steve Shaw praised Elsa’s role in enhancing community safety and her contribution to the department’s success.
The Gwinnett County Board of Commissioners approved Elsa’s retirement on Nov. 7. She will spend her retirement under the care of her handler, Cpl. A. Hylton. Elsa’s retirement highlights the valuable role of K9 units in law enforcement and their contributions to public safety.