K9 Officer Chase
Born in Germany on January 16th, 2007, Chase was imported to the United States and trained as a dual-purpose police patrol dog. He was trained to track and apprehend individuals, locate evidence and people, protect his handler and detect the odor of narcotics.
Chase began his career with the Fitchburg Police Department with handler Clint Spade in 2008. In January 2010, Officer Cesar Lopez was partnered with Chase and the duo forged a remarkable bond. Chase served with Officer Lopez until his retirement in 2016 when he became a family pet of Officer Lopez.
The department kept statistics on the amount of drugs K9 Chase detected, the number of weapons he found and the number of suspects he apprehended, however those numbers are just a beginning as we think about some of the immeasurable impacts K9 Chase had on the community. For every weapon he located, he helped solve crimes and may have prevented future crimes. For every time he was on scene of a major call or traffic stop, his bark may have de-escalated a situation, helping to keep officers and citizens safe. For every dark building he cleared, he kept other officers away from danger. And for every pet he received or every lick given to a child at a community event, he fostered goodwill between the community and the department.