Diablo is a 4 1/2 years old Belgian Malinois crossed with a German Shepard. Diablo is a dual certified drug and patrol dog. He alerts for drugs by sniffing and then sitting down if he smells illegal drugs. A dogs nose is 20 times stronger than ours.
Richardson has been a K-9 officer since 1998. In school, Richardson found the K-9 cops to be very interesting, so he followed this path. Diablo is his fourth dog.
Richardson’s primary responsibility is to be a deputy first and then his secondary responsibility is for K-9 duties. The K-9 units can go basically anywhere on the Eastern Shore with the dogs.
Richardson’s favorite part about the job was riding around for hours a day with a dog. He says, “I can tell him what I want and he never repeats it. Never talks back.”
Having a dog like Diablo gives a sense of security Richardson and his family.
Richardson says this about Diablo: “He is truly, truly my best friend. But truly, he’s my lifeline.”