Published On: Wed, Jul 26th, 2017

Red Oak Police Adds Second K9 Unit With Pit Bull Rescue

RED OAK, Texas — Standing about three feet tall with a nose for finding hidden evidence, Red Oak’s newest crime fighter is ready for service.

Wilson, a rescued Pit Bull, was given a second chance by the Red Oak Police Department and now provides police with another resource in protecting lives and property.

The canine was partnered with Red Oak Police officer John Determan around the end of April. Determan has served with ROPD for the past three and half years, even being named the officer of the year in 2016.

The pair became the second ROPD K9 unit after being certified in the middle of May.

While conducting the interview to introduce Red Oak Police Department’s second K9 unit to the community, Wilson and officer John Determan were called to action.

On July 5, at about 12:30 p.m., a Department of Public Safety Trooper stopped a 2016 silver Toyota Camry traveling south on U.S. Highway 287, just south of Ensign Road. Determan and Wilson responded to the call at the request of Troopers.

The trooper and K9 then discovered several vacuum-sealed packages of marijuana and various forms of THC oil inside the trunk, worth approximately $51,000.

For Determan, he said the dream to work in law enforcement came after watching his father serve as a police and detention officer in the Omaha, Nebraska area. “I have always wanted to be a canine officer. Omaha is a little bit bigger, and I know a lot of the gang unit and canine cops there,” Determan said. “Being around there and seeing what they do up there drew my attention in wanting to do the same thing.”

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