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One of Harriman’s finest hanging up his collar and calling it a career

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By Cindy Simpson

Harriman Police Department has gotten a lot of use out of Dugan, the sweet-natured and proficient narcotic dog.

“He’s been with the police department for about 11 years,” said Police Chief Randy Heidle.

The department recently retired Dugan and is getting a new $10,000 dog with the help of K9s4Cops, a Texas nonprofit that assists police departments with funding for police dogs.

Heidle said he knew it was about time to retire Dugan, who was born in 2001.

His success has earned him a great reputation in East Tennessee, the chief added.

Dugan will stay with his handler, Patrolman Brian Turner, and Heidle told Harriman City Council that, from here out, the dog will live only a fun-filled life.

“We’ll do a retirement ceremony when they get back with the new dog,” Heidle said.

The new recruit will come from Vohne Liche, a kennel that helps the department with dog-training seminars and pointed it toward the Texas organization for financial help.  

Turner left this week to go to Indiana to train with the dog. Heidle said The kennel has many breeds, including German shepherd and the smaller Belgian malinois.

Heidle said the dog will be dual purpose, meaning it can go on patrol and assist with taking people into custody and search for narcotics.

He said the dog will be between 1 and 2 years old.