Littleton police dog retires after 9 years of service

Officer Kieffer with K9 Sabor

The Littleton Police Department’s first police dog, K9 Sabor, has retired after serving nine years on the force with handler Officer Brent Kieffer.

On February 22, the City of Littleton made K9 Sabor’s retirement official by transferring ownership to Officer Kieffer. Officer Kieffer says that Sabor, a 10-year-old Belgian Malinois will have a happy and well-lived retirement with him and his family.

K9 officers, like Sabor, are a tremendous asset for the department and play an instrumental role in keeping the City of Littleton a safe place to live, work, and visit.

From 2008 to 2017, K9 Sabor was deployed more than 800 times and logged more than 1,500 training hours. Sabor’s work led to a number of arrests and his resume includes accomplishments such as six physical apprehensions, 25 non-physical apprehensions; and the location of 437.95 grams of drugs, 122 items of drug paraphernalia, and $12,890. One highlight in K9 Sabor’s career was when he located and apprehended a motorcycle gang enforcer, a full patch member whose job was to defend a club’s turf or name.  The subject, a wanted violent felon, was hiding with a 10″ knife at his side.

K9 Sabor was nationally certified twice with the North American Police Work Dog Association, four times with the National Police Canine Association, twice with the National Canine Audit Tracking System, eight times with the Colorado Police Canine Association, and five times with TacDogs.

On July 23, 2017, the Littleton Police Citizen Academy Alumni Association (LPCAAA), in honor of K9 Sabor’s retirement, presented to Officer Kieffer a watercolor portrait of K9 Sabor that was painted by local artist, Rosemary Laughlin.

The Littleton Police Department K9 Unit was founded in 2007. The department will add a K9 officer to fill the vacancy left by the retirement of K9 Sabor. Handler Officer John Jones and K9 Koda remain in service in Littleton.