The Benton County Sheriff’s Office announces the well deserved retirement of a deputy who has spent more than 10 years serving the community. K9 Deputy Bus is retiring on Wednesday, June 8, 2016, at 2:00 pm when colleagues, friends, and his handler, Deputy Jim Weikel, will gather on the lawn on the south side of the Benton County Courthouse to celebrate his career and wish him a happy retirement. Members of the community are encouraged to attend.
Bus (pronounced Boos) joined the Benton County Sheriff’s Office in December 2005 and has been partnered with Deputy Jim Weikel ever since. He was dual-certified in both Patrol and Narcotics Detection by the Oregon Police Canine Association (OPCA), which is relatively unique for a law enforcement K-9. He also served in this capacity for over ten years, which is longer than most law enforcement K9s serve. Upon retirement, Bus will continue living with Deputy Weikel.
During his tenure, Bus has helped the Sheriff’s Office seize many pounds of illegal drugs and helped to make numerous arrests. Deputy Weikel recalls one notable incident in June 2008 with Newport Police had pursued two theft suspects into rural Lincoln County, near the Benton County border. The driver and passenger fled on foot into the woods. The vehicle was full of stolen property, both suspects had felony arrest warrants, and had attempted to ram police cars during the pursuit. K9 Bus tracked them into the woods, where they were eventually arrested.
The community has been extremely supportive of our K-9 program,” said Sheriff Scott Jackson. “Bus was purchased through community donations and citizen donations helped purchase a Kevlar vest for him.”
Community members interested in donating to the canine program may send tax-deductible contributions to The Sheriff’s Foundation, 180 NW 5th Street, Corvallis, OR 97330.