Windsor Police Department K-9 Officer Odin passes away

Published 8:17 pm Thursday, March 2, 2023

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The Windsor Police Department announced Wednesday, Feb. 1, that it is mourning the loss of K-9 Officer Odin, who suffered a medical emergency Sunday morning, Jan. 29, while on duty.

A WPD news release noted that the emergency occurred at approximately 8:45 a.m., and Odin was rushed by his handler, Officer C.J. Griffin, to The Center Of Veterinary Expertise (COVE) emergency veterinary clinic in Suffolk. 

Odin underwent an emergency surgery, and on Wednesday, Feb. 1, he succumbed to complications from the surgical procedure.

K-9 Odin served with the Windsor Police Department for three years and was the first K-9 in the department’s history.  

Prior to joining WPD, Odin served with the Newport News Sheriff’s Office for five years. 

He was a Dutch Shepherd that was dual certified in Narcotics Detection and Patrol/Apprehension. 

During his career with the WPD, he was responsible for the detection leading to multiple narcotics seizures, tracking and apprehending multiple suspects not just in Windsor but in many different surrounding jurisdictions.

“The Windsor Police Department would like to thank our law enforcement partners for their support this week, including the Isle of Wight County Sheriff’s Office, the U.S. Coast Guard, the Newport News Sheriff’s Office and the Virginia Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control,” WPD officials stated. “In addition, we are grateful for the professional and compassionate care provided to Odin by the staff of The COVE Emergency Veterinary Clinic. WPD would also like to thank Spike’s K9 Fund for generously covering the cost of the veterinary bills for K-9 Odin.”