In just seven years with the Richmond Police Department, he was responsible for apprehending 33 suspects and finding 50 firearms and 100 pounds of narcotics.
On Wednesday, RPD announced the retirement of beloved and accomplished police dog Ronin, an 8-year-old Belgium Malinois who started with the department in October 2010, partnering up with Officer Kristian Palma.
“His bark also scared 400 individuals into peaceful surrenders,” Richmond police Lt. Felix Tan said. “He was also responsible for locating a missing 6 yr. old boy diagnosed with autism and a missing 80 yr. old woman diagnosed with dementia.”
Ronin also participated in K-9 competitions, demonstrations at local schools, public events and at Community Safety Academies.
He enjoyed a packed room during his retirement celebration at RPD headquarters Wednesday, Tan said.
“Ronin treated everyone at his retirement briefing with cheeseburgers, his favorite treat after doing a good job,” Tan said.
Those wishing to donate to the Richmond Police K-9 Association can do so by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. T-shirts and sweatshirts are available for sale, with proceeds going toward equipment and food for the dogs.