PORTERDALE, Georgia. – The name of a Porterdale Dog Police legend will greet visitors to the city’s new dog park when it opens this fall.
Porterdale City Council recently voted to name the city’s new dog park near the Yellow River the “K-9 Beau Memorial Dog Park” in honor of the golden retriever who has worked for over half a decade to help police in two cities to catch crime and contraband suspects and locate missing residents.
Beau was the first K-9 officer to serve with the Porterdale Police Department when the town of Varnell donated to him in 2008, The Covington News reported in 2013.
He then served the city for five years after former Porterdale cop Jason Cripps returned from the East Point Police Department to create a K-9 program.
Beau was originally a drug-only dog. However, he worked closely with Cripps on a wide range of events in Porterdale – from serious police work involving drug arrests to community events and public safety presentations.
Cripps, who is now chief of police, noted that Beau had helped arrest and convict numerous suspects who had come to establish the town’s reputation as a “drug haven” in the years following the shutdown. of Porterdale Mill in historic town in the 1970s.
“Beau was an exceptional police dog,” Cripps said.
The work helped give new residents the confidence to come and change its reputation by rehabilitating many historic houses in the old town of the mill.
According to a proclamation that city council approved on Thursday, July 15, Beau was a Porterdale City K-9 officer while working with the US Bureau of Immigration and Customs at Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport in ‘Atlanta.
Meanwhile, Beau “identified the sum of $ 220,000 in cash which was seized as drug funds, which resulted in the allocation of $ 58,000 to the Porterdale Police Department,” the proclamation reads.
In Porterdale, the K-9 officer “participated in several searches for missing residents, in several anti-drug actions both in the town of Porterdale and with surrounding law enforcement.”
He said Beau also “particularly enjoyed working with the community, actively engaging the public, and participating in Public Safety Days and school events, including Red Ribbon Week events and FFA camp events with the children of the community.
“K-9 Officer Beau has taken pride of place at the annual Porterdale Christmas parades,” he said.
After 10 years of service in two different agencies, Beau retired from law enforcement for a life in the Cripps house before “passing away peacefully on December 28, 2013”.
Jason Cripps said Beau was the inspiration for the nonprofit he and his wife Holly founded and operated called We Ride To Provide.
This is a K-9 officers’ memorial organization that hosts an annual service in Porterdale in honor of fallen police dogs. He also donated first aid kits to K-9 officers around the world, Jason Cripps said.
K-9 Beau Memorial Dog Park is tentatively slated for a grand opening in September near the city’s nature reserve on the banks of the Yellow River, City Manager Frank Etheridge said.
Etheridge said city officials still have work to do at the site, including adding mulch, making sure the grass grows, and adding necessary equipment in a dog park, like trash cans. and dog bag stations.