A member of the Bryant police force retired Monday night at the age of 84, but in dog years.

The Bryant City Council honored Velick, a 12-year-old German Shepherd with a plaque during a special retirement presentation.

The dog has been with the department since 2001. Velick also served with the Saline County Sheriff’s Office prior to serving with the police department.

His handler says he built a bond with Velick over the years.

“If you have a partner for ten years that you do things with at work, do things on days off, side jobs like taking him to town to get a container of milk. All of a sudden it’s odd not having him in the vehicle with me,” said Sgt. Jenceson Payte with the Bryant Police Department.

The City of Bryant had to decide what to do with Velick after his retirement. City council members decided to let him live with Sergeant Payte.