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Redfield officer promoted

REDFIELD — Donald Tucker, a four-year veteran of the Redfield Police Department, has been promoted to sergeant, Police Chief Steve McFatridge told the city’s aldermen earlier last month.

“I have worked for two good chiefs up here,” Tucker said of his commitment to the department, citing Jack Wakefield, who retired Jan. 1, 2011, and McFatridge, who was appointed to succeed Wakefield.

Tucker has almost two decades experience in law enforcement with the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Department and the Warren Police Department. As the department’s sergeant, Tucker will be the ranking officer in McFatridge’s absence. Tucker said McFatridge’s proactive policing policies and patrols pay benefits for the Jefferson County town rather than reactive efforts after a crime has been committed. Tucker said he hopes one day the Redfield department will be able afford a drug detection dog to accompany an officer on patrol.

The sergeant said he was the K-9 handler of Sgt. Prins, ranked the top police K-9 in the state in 2007 in National Narcotic Detector Dog Association competitions and number 11 overall in the country.