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Police Dog Roki Passes Away

Only two months into retirement, former Narragansett police dog Roki passes away after medical complications.

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.

Respectfully submitted,
K-9 Officer Matthew C Riley, #22

Marylou Butler April 27, 2012 at 11:59 PM
Awww. RIP Roki. I was privileged to meet him and write a story about him and Officer Riley for SO Rhode Island magazine and taking the photo that accompanies this story. He was a beautiful, talented dog.
Kathleen Bowlby April 28, 2012 at 11:27 AM
Rainbow Bridge - All Dogs Go to Heaven
Eric Menke April 28, 2012 at 02:10 PM
I am sorry to hear of Roki's passing. Aside from his fine history of service to our town, I am sure he was a loved member of your family as well. My condolences to you and your family.
joanne newton April 29, 2012 at 03:46 AM
My heart goes out to all those who loved ROKI. He did his duty well, protected and served. Very sorry for your great loss Officer Riley and your dept. Joanne Newton
Russell Fanning JR April 29, 2012 at 05:12 PM
Hello officerRiley, Just wanted to say i would like. set up a bike run in memory of Roki maybe the money we get could help you get a new Roki 2 if so let me see what i can do Russell Fanning jr
Stephen Greenwell (Editor) April 29, 2012 at 05:57 PM
Hey Russell, just to clarify one thing - Roki's replacement, Goro, is already helping out the department. He's Officer Riley's new K-9 unit.
Russell Fanning JR April 29, 2012 at 09:26 PM
Stephen, Did not know . Well thats good he has a new replacement. just tried to help out as all us bikers try to do when ever we can .thanks Russ
Rosanne Lyskawa August 05, 2012 at 05:42 PM
Officer Riley - I am so....sorry for your loss. I can see he served the department well. My heart goes out to you and your department. I'm sure it was a great loss. It's always so difficult when you lose a member of the team. Thank you Roki for your service to us. Rosanne

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