Cheyenne Police Drug Dogs (Police K9's) Capo And Ruger Retiring After Job Well Done

June 19, 2019









 by Donald Cyphers Investigative reporter

Syndicated by: Montana News

CHEYENNE,Wyo.— The Cheyenne Police Department is extending an invitation to anyone who would like to attend the retirement ceremony of two of our dedicated K9s, Capo & Ruger, who both began working for the CPD in 2012. Capo received a lifesaving award in 2015 when he came to the rescue of his handler.


Over his 7 years of working with the department, Ruger has conducted 545 drug searches and apprehended 35 suspects.  


The ceremony will be held at the Edwards/Petrie Community Room at the Cheyenne Public Safety Center 415 W. 18th St. on June 19 at 4:00 p.m.


Attached are the photos of our retiring K9s.  K9 Capo is with his handler, Officer Lisa Koeppel and K9 Ruger is with his handler, Officer Chad Wellman.


Here are the stats/interesting info for Ruger from 2012-2019:


545 drug searches,


85 building searches,


97 tracks/open air searches,


35 non-physical apprehensions (without biting),


154 lbs of seized marijuana,


over 1 lb of methamphetamine,


54 g of cocaine and 80 g of heroin.





Here are the stats/interesting info for Capo from 2012-2019:


1120 drug searches,


50 building searches,


42 searches for evidence,


87 tracks/open air searches,


55 non-physical apprehensions,


3 physical apprehensions,


170.5 lbs of seized marijuana,


20.7 oz of methamphetamine,


10 g of cocaine and 4.2 oz of heroin.



Capo also received a lifesaving award for an event which took place in 2015 in which he saved the life of his handler, Officer Lisa Koeppel, who was being attacked by two large males.


One of the males had thrown her to the ground and was punching her repeatedly in the face. 


She was able to activate the “door popper” of her vehicle, remotely releasing the door of her patrol car and releasing Capo. 


Capo pulled the suspect off of her, stopping the attack, and was awarded the lifesaving medal for his actions. -  here is a link to the article of that incident:



In the United States, the public has become very negative regarding their opinions of law enforcement.   One excellent way to break the ice between Law Enforcement and the general public, including criminals, is by using dogs.   Good people have dogs, and criminals have dogs.

So, why not meet on a level playing field that the common ground is a dog?

Yes, that is right.  Canine units are a fantastic Law Enforcement team.

Almost every LEO have a canine unit that is on duty 24/7.    Demonstrating the Canine Police dog's ability are a very natural bridge between the community and the Police Department.  Moreover, the public who 85% are dog lovers will connect to the dogs; thus the dog's work, the Handler of the dog including the law enforcement agency they both work under while serving and protecting the public.

The caliber of the K9 Handler has to be a well-balanced individual, and the dog has to be of high-quality mental, physical, and alertness ability to be even picked to serve and protect the public.  

Many in public have a natural love for dogs and animals; people always will relate to having mans best friend around them either as a partner, friend, and or family member.  So that is precisely why dog demonstrations are an excellent bridge to public relationships between the public and the Law Enforcement.

Some historical background on the relationship between a man or woman and there partner the dog.  K9 dogs demonstrate common fine-tuned traits that we, as humans would like to see in ourselves.  The K9 units ask nothing in return but for food and water and a comfortable place to sleep at night.

The Cheyenne Police department in the past has played a show and tell of sorts to the public showing off their k9's equipment that they use, they will demonstrate collars, vest, temperature deployment systems and have explained the functions and importance of the fine-tuned specialized training conditions and caring for their K9 dogs.

A bite suit demonstration will clearly show the public how the K9 unit operates as a tool that can search and locate things like bad guys, drugs, evidence, missing children, after all the K9 unit is also in love with the public but just in a dog way of thinking.

When K9 units conduct an apprehension bite, they are using their ability as a finale on the fleeing suspect.  The time and effort that the K9 unit just saved his Handler and other officers or members of the public are invaluable as to the effectiveness in assisting their human partners.

The taxpayer benefits immediately when a K9 unit, being deployed into the field or situation, will save the taxpayers from monetary costs overtime, loss due to potentially serious injuries, and the list goes on and on.

Do not forget that the K9 unit shows courage, honor loyalty, and gallantry, including industriousness in taking the danger away from the general public and including their handlers.

Many in Law enforcement believe that if a K9 unit is fully exposed to the public, the dogs will become more socialized that this K9 unit will become soft, lacking firmness, mellow and docile, unable or not be interested in performing out the K9's duties. 


Not so.  Dogs do not change their personality; only humans do.

K9 units make a tremendous positive impact on the community when the Handler and their partner show the public a static display,


Once a dog retires their rest is well earned.

In the case of Ruger and and Capo these K9 unit dogs have had a far reaching impact with and for the community that they have served ever so faithfully.  Thanks Capo and Ruger  a job well done.



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