CT State Police K-9 officer retires after 8 years on the job

(Photo: TFC Alex Horjatschun)

BRIDGEPORT, Conn. (WTNH) — After eight years with the Connecticut State Police, K-9 Officer Jorick will retire after his final shift on Wednesday.

“Throughout his career it’s been very notable, very memorable,” said TFC Alex Horjatschun, out of Troop G in Bridgeport. He’s also Jorick’s handler.

News 8's Laura Hutchinson with TFC Horjatchun and K-9 Officer Jorick
News 8’s Laura Hutchinson with TFC Horjatchun and K-9 Officer Jorick

 

Horjatschun says he got Jorick at 6 months old from a handler in Slovakia. When Jorick turned 18 months old he went to the State Police Academy in Meriden for training. Since that time he has been a tremendous asset on the job.

“I don’t think the public really knows because they’re not in the spotlight,” said Horjatschun. “They don’t realize how valuable of a tool they really are.”

News 8's Brian Spyros with K-9 Officer Jorick
News 8’s Brian Spyros with K-9 Officer Jorick

 

During his time on the force, Jorick has helped officers make numerous arrests, locate stolen cars, suspects and handguns. He’s also helped find missing children and Alzheimer’s patients.

Jorick is retiring at the age of nine and a half years old. Still in good health, he will spend his remaining years living with Trooper Horjatschun, his wife and two kids.

“I don’t think it’s really hit me yet. I know it’s hit my wife, but I don’t think it will hit me until tonight we sign off the radio,” said Horjatschun. “Especially when I go to work tomorrow and he’s not there with me.”

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