K9 Holi retires from Jasper County Sheriff’s Dept after serving 8 years

Holi will enjoy retirement with her longtime trainer and partner, Deputy George Datum and his family
K9 Holi and her trainer and partner, Deputy George Datum.

JASPER COUNTY, Mo. — The Jasper County Sheriff’s Office congratulate retiring K9 ‘Holi’. Holi (pron: ‘holly,’ as in Christmas) is a Belgian Malinois, she has served the last 8 years in Jasper County as well as assisting local, state and federal agencies. Holi is retiring due to her age. She will remain with her trainer and partner, Deputy George Datum and family, during her retirement.

Holi started her career in 2015. Her stats include:

  • 665 active deployments
  • 183 arrests
  • 241.52 pounds of illegal narcotics located

In addition, Holi has also located several suspects, lost persons, apprehended criminals and conducted numerous public demonstrations.


2019: “After a successful track of a wanted felon, Holi enjoys a pup cup. K9 Holi responded to a vehicle pursuit that started in Kansas and ended in Jasper County. The pursuit ended with the suspect’s vehicle getting stuck in a field, and the driver fled on foot into a heavy wooded area. Holi tracked the suspect in the area and crossed a small creek. Holi located the wanted subject, who had a felony warrants for his arrest. The suspect was taken into custody without incident after being found in some heavy brush.
The Suspect was taken to jail, while K9 Holi got a pup cup for a job well done.”

A retirement ceremony will be held at the Jasper County Sheriff’s Office, 231 S. Main, on July 6, at 10:30 AM.


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K9 ‘Valor’ is to replace retired K9 Holi. Valor is a 15 month old German Shepherd from Poland. Valor was purchased through Patriot K9 training and went through a 6 weeks handlers course with his partner Deputy George Datum. Valor recently certified through North America Police Working Dog Association in Narcotics/Patrol.

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