New Leader Of MS Highway Patrol Troop K Is "Hands On"

He's the man who motivates the people we depend on to keep South Mississippi's highways safe. Captain Houston Dorr says he wants to be there for his state troopers 100 percent, both physically and emotionally.

In late May, Dorr was put in charge of Troop K which patrols the six southernmost counties.

"I noticed that when you work with the guys they appreciate you more and they'll work harder for you," explained Dorr as we went for a ride in his patrol car.

For him the job as captain is more than spending all his time sitting behind a desk.

"To me its important to be on the roads with the guys," he said. "They are the Highway Patrol and I like working with them see what's going on."

Captain Dorr wants his 27 state troopers to be the best in the state in everything from traffic enforcement to DUI arrests. He's willing to do anything he'd ask officers to do to achieve that goal.

"Let them know I've been there. Sometimes we've got to work through the hard times so we'll have the good times and try to make it fun for them just do something different everyday."

Although, he's been with Troop K for 21 of his 22 years in the Highway Patrol, he says becoming the boss made him more aware of the responsibilities and challenges that go with the job.

Captain Houston Dorr is a graduate of Pass Christian High School. He and his wife Deena have two daughters Jasmine and Desiree.