Sarasota Police Department Announces Passing of K9 Officer Nero

SARASOTA, Fla. – October 16, 2014 – 11 a.m.

The Sarasota Police Department is sad to announce the passing of K9 Officer Nero.  K-9 Nero, 9, passed away Thursday morning after a brief battle with cancer.  K-9 Nero was the loyal partner to Sarasota Police Sergeant Michael McHale.

K-9 Nero, a German Shepard, was born in the Czech Republic in June 2005 and joined the Sarasota Police Department in June 2006, serving and protecting for eight (8) years before his passing.  He served the City of Sarasota proudly, being certified in both Patrol and Narcotics.

K-9 Nero spent time with children and adults throughout the City of Sarasota during presentations for schools, community groups and the Sarasota Police Department Citizen Academy.  Video of Sergeant McHale and K-9 Nero from the Sarasota Police Citizen Academy in March 2014 can be viewed at

“K-9 Officer Nero and his partner, Sgt. McHale, have been a shining example of the impact that a K-9 team can have since 2006.  They have had the uncanny ability to respond to almost any criminal incident and address it efficiently and effectively and turn around and represent the Police Department at a community or school event within the same shift without missing a beat.  Our K-9 Officers are incredibly effective Police Officers; they are fearless, courageous, and will not hesitate to lay down their life to save a fellow Officer or citizen.  K-9 Officer Nero exemplified those qualities.  SPD K-9 Officers are members of our Police family and K-9 Officer Nero’s passing will be felt by our organization for some time.”   said Captain Patrick Robinson, Sarasota Police Department.


 Sergeant Michael McHale and K9 Nero during National Night Out in August 2013

Sergeant Michael McHale and K9 Nero during National Night Out in August 2013