UNCG officer, K-9 retire following six years of service together

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GREENSBORO, N.C. -- Today marked the last day in uniform for one of UNC-Greensboro's top campus police officers and his canine companion.

Sgt. David Combs and his dog Aja are retiring after six years of service together.

Aja, a female German Shepherd, was brought on as the first K-9 on the university police force on May 10, 2007 and, for the first year of service, was the only dog on campus.

During her six years of service, Aja helped officers catch several suspects and even seize six pounds of marijuana during the 317 times she was taken out -- 271 for the UNCG police, 40 for the Greensboro Police Department and the remaining for other local law enforcement agencies.

Combs also relayed the story of suspects who broke into a building and stole thousands of dollars worth of copper. Aja helped track three suspects for nearly two hours and over two miles until they were all apprehended.

With Aja's days on the force behind her, Combs said there would be a lot of belly rubs, trips to the park and treats in her days ahead.

Combs said he wouldn't have retired without his faithful companion.