On a night when the Mountlake Terrace Police Department gained a new sergeant, they in turn lost their long-serving K-9 officer.
Mountlake Terrace Police Chief Greg Wilson administered the oath of office to new Police Sgt. Scott King during the Jan. 7 City Council meeting. The City Council also recognized K-9 Hunter, the city’s drug dog, on his retirement after six years of service.
King has been a police officer for the City of Mountlake Terrace for 10 years and served six years as a K-9 handler. Prior to his promotion, King served as an acting sergeant. He also worked as a field training officer, bicycle officer, SWAT operator and a defensive tactics Instructor. He earned numerous commendations including the 2012 Commissioned Officer of the Year.
“Sgt. King is an excellent addition to our leadership team,” said Chief Wilson.
Due to the promotion of King, the city decided to retire its Narcotics K-9 Hunter rather than transition him to another handler. Hunter potentially had two to three years left of service; however, the transition would have been difficult.
King thanked the city for allowing him to serve as a K-9 Officer. “It’s the best thing I’ve ever done and Hunter is the best partner I’ve ever had,” King said. He explained how they attended training in November 2006 for six weeks, 12 hours a day, and were certified with a score of 97 percent. They re-certified every year since then with a score of 100 percent. Hunter was an excellent drug dog, completing thousands of searches and helping seize hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of narcotics for many agencies.
Although the working relationship between King and Hunter is over, their time together is not. With Hunter’s public service now complete, the King family has decided to adopt him as their family pet.
— Story and photo courtesy of City of Mountlake Terrace