Utilization of properly trained dogs represents a highly cost efficient police tool. This is accomplished by using the canine's acute olfactory and hearing sense. The K-9 is utilized in building and area searches for items and persons, tracking of criminal suspects and lost persons, narcotic searches, assisting outside law enforcement agencies with approved requests and other functions consistent with the Red Oak Police Department policies and procedures.
The Canine Unit is comprised of two canine officers and their respective canines: (LINTZ) who’s handler is Officer Matthew Pettit and (REXJA) whose handler is Officer Johnny Determan. Each of the canines utilized by the Red Oak Police Department are Belgian Malinois. The Canine Unit has various shifts that they work in 12-hour rotations with an overlap of day and night shift coverage. The shifts may vary from (1200 – 2400), (1400 – 0200) or (1600 – 0400). For more information on the Canine Unit or to ask a specific canine-related question, contact the Red Oak Police Department’s non-emergency number at 972-617-7632 at any time and ask to speak to an canine officer.