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Police department mourns its K-9’s end of watch

The Gwinnett County Police Department is mourning the loss of K9 Peper.

On Sunday, February 25, the K9 Unit said farewell to K9 Peper after an unexpected illness. She had recently developed a mass near her heart, causing severe medical complications.

Throughout her service, K9 Peper dutifully served the people of Gwinnett County, and her contributions will not be forgotten.

She was born on June 30, 2017, in Slovakia and underwent training at Tarheel Canine before joining our department on October 3, 2018, under the guidance of Cpl. Caleb Jefferson. K9 Peper responded to 206 service calls, participated in 41 patrol apprehensions, and successfully located 32 evidence items during her service.

K9 Peper stepped into a new role for the SWAT Team following the untimely death of K9 Blue on September 10, 2020. Cpl. Jefferson and K9 Peper were a formidable due, tackling assignments across various cities in Gwinnett and collaborating with multiple federal agencies.

She was an invaluable asset to our department and will be greatly missed by all.

K9 Peper #1557B End of Watch: February 25, 2024

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