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Worcester police mourn death of retired K-9 Ace, credited with numerous arrests

Worcester Telegram logo Worcester Telegram 8/5/2022 Craig S. Semon, Telegram & Gazette
Ace was certified in narcotics detection. © Worcester Police Department Ace was certified in narcotics detection.

WORCESTER - The Worcester Police Department is mourning the loss of one of its police dogs.

Ace, who has been on the force since September 2018, died recently. The 5-year-old German shepherd retired earlier this year after being diagnosed with kidney disease.

Described as “a smart, driven and hardworking” police dog, Ace is credited with numerous arrests and assisted with the seizure of large amounts of narcotics over his career, according to Worcester police.

Ace had been partners with Sgt. Joseph Francese.

“While Ace was successful at his work in the field,” the Worcester Police Department posted on social media, “he also shined when it came to community policing. He was frequently assigned to patrol the downtown area and became friends with many business owners and city employees.”

Officer Joseph Francese runs behind Ace, as they pursue a "suspect" (Officer Mark Jolin) during a demonstration at Shore Park in September 2018. © Christine Peterson/Telegram & Gazette File Photo Officer Joseph Francese runs behind Ace, as they pursue a "suspect" (Officer Mark Jolin) during a demonstration at Shore Park in September 2018.

Before becoming a police dog in the field, Ace completed 14 weeks of patrol training at the Boston Police K-9 Academy. He was trained to help locate suspects, missing persons and articles of evidence, including narcotics and ballistics.

“Ace was an ambassador for the WPD where he enjoyed interacting with school children during school presentations and community outreach events," according to the post. “He was frequently requested to make appearances at schools in Worcester because he had a reputation of being a fun-loving pup. He attracted a lot of attention when he could ‘speak’ on command.”

Ace is the second police dog in the region to be mourned in recent weeks.

Frankie, a Belgian Malinois and nine-year veteran of the state police who would have turned 11 in August, was shot and killed July 26 during an attempted arrest and subsequent standoff. It is the first line-of-duty death of a state police dog.

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