Ridgeland is an interesting little town. It has some cool places like The Morris Heritage Center, a handful of restaurants, and some buildings that seem to be preserved from a Lowcountry long ago. This small town has a small police department but they’ve got a four-legged secret weapon in the form of Dorian, a German Shepherd, their working dog.
Dorian is a handsome, black German Shepherd who’s been in service with the Ridgeland Police Department since 2010. The 7 ½ year old, Romanian born, canine has been trained to do a handful of jobs since he’s the only k-9 on the force. Dorian was certified through the American Society of Canine Trainers and knows commands in German and English. He’s kept busy with jobs finding narcotics, tracking, and patrolling. Dorian stays busy even in a slow town like Ridgeland having made some significant drug busts in his time. This working K-9 has had a few handlers in his time with RPD but his current handler is David Swinehammer. The two teamed up in late 2016 and have been rolling the streets since. In his downtime, Dorian enjoys going on walks, going to the park, and being social since he loves people!
Dorian is one of many working dogs that help law enforcement do and find things they might have not! Working K-9’s are essential to getting drugs off the streets, finding criminals, and keeping us safe with skills like bomb detection. We, here at Tails, really enjoy our working K-9 article and hope that it gives the local four-legged legends the recognition they deserve!
By Justin Smith