ROYAL OAK, Mich. – Ryker, a Royal Oak police K-9, is retiring after spending seven years with the department.
The dog started with his handler, Officer Richard Chipman, in 2012.
Ryker is credited with tracking down a homicide suspect his first night on the job, locating someone wanted for breaking into businesses, finding a suicidal person who escaped while being taken to a hospital, and discovering 14 kilograms of heroin and more than $1 million, among numerous other accomplishments.
Ryker was also at many community events.
The dog will be replaced by Conan, a 1 1/2-year-old Belgian Malinois and German shepherd mix that was raised in Hungary Conan will work with Officer Kevin Cavanagh after the pair attend the Patrol Dog Academy.