RICHARDSON – There’s a new member of the Richardson Police Department patrolling the streets and sniffing out crime. His name is Hondo. He’s about two years old and ready to serve and protect.

Hondo is certified in narcotics and just recently assisted in finding several drugs during a traffic stop. Not only did he uncover methamphetamine and heroin, but also a stolen gun.

“He’s got a lot of personality; you know every dog is different like any person. Hondo, he likes to work. He’s a very independent dog,” said Officer Cory Wendling who is not only Hondo’s partner, but handler.

Hondo is in the middle of patrol training, but once he’s certified Hondo will continue regular training, about 25 hours every month. Like any police dog, Hondo is working on officer protection, apprehensions, tracking, building and area search, and evidence recovery skills.

The patrol car Hondo rides in is built just for him. The backseat is setup as a kennel with climate control. His name is proudly displayed on the vehicle and on his collar.

Hondo is the seventh canine to serve the Richardson Police Department.