Normal police announce retirement of K-9 Thor

Officer Bachman worked with Thor spanning back to 2017. (Photo Courtesy of Normal Police Department/Facebook)


NORMAL – The Normal Police Department announced that its K-9 officer Thor will retire on Tuesday.

According to the announcement on Facebook, Thor served the residents of McLean County for the last seven years. He worked with his handler, officer Shane Bachman, and was responsible for many arrests and apprehensions in the area.

“We extend our deepest gratitude to K-9 Thor and officer Bachman for their unwavering service and dedication,” the announcement said.

The award-winning pair have won eight awards at the American Working Dogs Vohne Liche Kennels Olympics. Each year, between 2018 and 2023, the pair competed against 130 other teams and won awards for narcotic detection in warehouses and vehicle exteriors, among others.

Thor worked with most of the law enforcement agencies in McLean County and was credited with the biggest methamphetamine seizure in the history of the Normal Police Department.

Officer Bachman worked with Thor spanning back to 2017. Prior to working with Bachman, he worked with K-9 Gunner from 2008 to 2017.

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