Narragansett Police K-9 Roki passed away on April 25, 2012 after a short two months into retirement. Roki suffered medical complications and had to be put to sleep.
Roki was placed into service in October 2002. He was purchased as a fully trained patrol and narcotics K-9 through Sukee Kennels in Warren, Maine. Roki has worked for the Narragansett Police since that time.
Roki was utilized more than 1,000 times in the last nine years. He located numerous breaking and entering suspects, and received a number of commendations for his outstanding performance. He also visited all three schools in Narragansett as a public relations tool, and conducted demonstrations for them, the Boy Scouts of America and the Community Police Academy.
Roki assisted with the seizure of three pounds of cocaine, 125 pounds of marijuana, 10 ounces of crack cocaine, five ounces of heroin, five pounds of mushrooms and hundreds of pills of ecstasy. The largest seizure was a kilo of cocaine in the rear of a motor vehicle in November 2002.
Roki is also credited with seizing close to $100,000 in US currency. Roki was used by this department many times with great success since 2002.
He was used by many outside agencies for tracking and drug searches repeatedly through his 10 year career with patrolman Matthew C. Riley. The two were featured several times in the local papers, which wrote about their success as a team. Riley and Roki seized a large amount of drugs off the road after a 10-year career together. Roki was recently replaced by K-9 Goro in March 2012.
Departments using Roki’s services include Tiverton Police, Newport Police, Providence Police, South Kingstown Police, Westerly Police, Charlestown Police, North Kingstown Police, the DEA, ICE, U.S. Customs, Jamestown Police and Hopkinton Police.
K-9 Officer Matthew C Riley, #22