Redmond, Wash. – The Redmond Police Department celebrates the 13 1/2-year career of its K-9 Trainer and Officer, Sam Hovenden.
As a Master Trainer, Officer Sam Hovenden has certified more than 100 K-9 police teams throughout Washington in patrol and narcotics. With two police dogs, German Shepherds Vader and Monte, Officer Hovenden's work in the K-9 Unit has resulted in more than 2,400 applications and 364 captures. The two teams are credited with the seizure of more than $3 million in narcotics and $2.5 million in cash.
"Redmond Police Department is proud to recognize the 13 years of service from Officer Sam Hovenden and his partners Vader and Monte," said Redmond Police Chief Ron Gibson.
Outside of patrol duties, Officer Hovenden, Vader and Monte were a well-known presence throughout Redmond at crime prevention programs and community events. Officer Hovenden's outreach efforts allowed children and families to meet police dogs and learn about their role in law enforcement.
"Officer Hovenden, Vader and Monte have been a tremendous asset to the Redmond Police Department and greater Puget Sound area," said Gibson.
Following Vader's retirement, Officer Hovenden will continue to serve Redmond as a police officer. He is the current President of the Washington State Police Canine Association, Red Cross Hero Award recipient and Redmond's Officer of the Year in 2000.
Redmond Police's K-9 Unit is a time-honored tradition that first joined the department in 1980. The legacy will continue as Officer Dan Smith serves Redmond with the department's newest K-9 addition, Remy.