Ultra, a respected K-9 member of the UNM Police Department since 2004, will formally retire on Friday, Sept. 24, at 2 p.m. in a ceremony at the University Police office in Hokona Hall.  Ultra and his handler Sgt. Eric Miller are a familiar site to crowds at university football and basketball games.

In 2006, Ultra was given a commendation by the AFT for assisting in locating explosives that had been stolen from a site on the west mesa of Albuquerque.  There were 150 pounds of C-4, 250 pounds of sheet explosive, detonation cord and blasting caps stolen from an engineering facility.  A major search was launched for the thieves and the explosives.  As part of the investigation, Ultra and Miller traveled to Southern Colorado to help locate for the explosives.

Throughout his career, Ultra has helped provide security for a number of visitors to campus including candidates Barak Obama, John McCain, President Bill Clinton and Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia.  In addition, Ultra and Miller have worked with the Bernalillo County Sheriff's Office, Albuquerque Police Department, New Mexico State Police, the Federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms, and the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

After his retirement, Ultra will go to live permanently with Miller.

Media contact: Karen Wentworth (505) 277-5627; e-mail: kwent2@unm.edu