On Friday, Minnesota's Department of Public Safety Tweeted out some retirement news of a 9 year veteran from Southern Minnesota. Layka, a K-9 officer, called it a career after 9 years of service with the Minnesota State Patrol. 

The Tweet stated that after 9 years Layka was hanging up her collar after a career that took hundreds of pounds of narcotics off the streets and years of patrol along I-35 in Southern Minnesota.



Facebook post by the Minnesota State Patrol

She was deployed over 450 times in her career and also performed well at the annual police K-9 certifications; she and her handler Trooper Nacey were the first-place agency team in 2016 at the United States Police Canine Association National Competition.

According to the Minnesota Department of Public Safety's website, the K-9 unit is staffed with 13 K-9 teams trained to detect the odor of narcotics, and one team trained to detect explosives.

Unlike other K-9 officers, the dogs that the State Patrol uses are not trained in other typical police functions such as apprehension or tracking.