K-9 Bobi joined the Evansville Police Department in December of 2005. After training with his partner, Officer Jason Thomas, Bobi began patrolling the city of Evansville in the spring of 2006. In 2007 Bobi and Jason became fully integrated members of Evansville S.W. A. T. Team.
Bobi was a member of Region 5 of the USPCA. Bobi earned several awards including the 2011 region 5 Top Dog.
The Evanville Police Department provided a kennel for Bobi that was used only briefly. Bobi had his own room and couch at the Thomas home. He lived indoors with his handler Jason, his wife ( EPD Det.) Crystal, a Rottweiler named Cato, and two cats.
In the October of 2013 Bobi developed a tumor under his front left leg. The tumor was surgically removed. There were healing complications and Bobi had to have a second surgery. In November Bobi returned to full duty. After a consultation with an oncologist it was found that Basal Cell Carcinoma cells were still present. This is an unusual tumor in dogs and very aggressive. Bobi began oral chemotherapy and continued to work.
On January, 3 2014 , after 8 years of service, 10 year old Bobi went to roll call and caught his 91st apprehension on his last night at work.
At the time of Bobi's retirement, several larger tumors had returned. There were several other indications that the cancer had spread and Bobi was in discomfort. Bobi had trouble walking and intermittent spells of difficulty breathing. On January 17th., just two weeks after retirement, Bobi was laid to rest at the K-9 cemetery at the FOP PAL camp in Evansville.
Bobi will be remembered as a partner, family member, and friend.
Bobi's final out of service call: http://youtu.be/7T0nX1nwKO8