By Lauren Laruen
THIS is the touching moment a police dog is given a guard of honour as he retired from the force after eight years service.
Bronx, a nine-year-old Belgian Malinois, walked out of the police station for the last time to a round of applause from his human colleagues.
Accompanied by his handler Chris Bronx Bronx ended his final shift last Friday.
He served in the SWAT team since 2014 and was trained in narcotics, according to local reports.
Police in Bakersfield, California say he will now “enjoy a much more relaxed life with Chris and his family”.
A police spokesman said: “Today is K9 Bronx’s retirement day. Bronx has served our department with his handler, Senior Officer Chris Dalton, for 8 years.
“He is one of the longest serving K9s our agency has ever had.
“Chris and Bronx have been partners since January 2010, and have served on the SWAT Team since 2014.
“Bronx has done numerous demos for schools and tour groups at our department, and has been awarded many awards throughout the years for his dedication, skills, and work.
“Thank you for being a loyal K9 all these years, Bronx.”