“Lee,” a retired K-9 officer of the Arkansas City Police Department, passed away Thursday at the age of 11. Lee served the department for eight years, but was able to spend the last 16 months in retirement. Lee was born in October 2008 in the Netherlands. He was trained to detect illegal drugs, and began his tour of duty with ACPD in 2010. In February 2010, ACPD Sgt. Eric Mata and former police chief Sean Wallace traveled to Hill Country Dog Center in San Antonio, Texas, to select a dog for the department’s new K-9 program. They returned with Lee, who was 2 years old at the time. Lee’s retirement was announced on Aug. 21, 2018, when he was commended for a decade of dedication to his profession and saluted by Police Chief Dan Ward. Typically, K-9s retire around their seventh or eighth birthday. Lee WAS an exceptional dog and made it a couple of more) years.