North Chicago Police Officer Marc Keske and Canine Capone. | Provided Photos

The North Chicago Police Department announced that one of their retired police canines recently died after previously serving several years on the force.

The department made the announcement Tuesday morning, saying “it is with heavy heart” to announce the passing of canine Capone.

The canine died on May 31.

Capone served alongside his handler, North Chicago Police Officer Marc Keske, from 2014 to 2018 until his retirement.

Capone was successful in tracking, article searches, drug searches, building searches and handler protection.

“We extend our deepest condolences to Officer Keske during this difficult time,” the police department said.

“K9 Capone, you will never be forgotten. Thank you for your service,” the department added.

North Chicago 1st Ward Alderman Michael R. Jackson said he was “extending our deepest sympathies” to Officer Keske. “Thank you for your dedicated service to the residents of North Chicago,” Jackson added.

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North Chicago Police Officer Donald Florance and his partner Six currently make up the North Chicago Police Department canine unit.

Florance in December became the only active canine trainer in Illinois accredited by the North American Police Work Dog Association (NAPWDA).