After serving nearly 26 years as a Manteca Police officer, Randy Chiek got the traditional send off Saturday morning with a police escort from his home to the department marking his last day on the job.
A dozen or so of his fellow officers picked him up at his home early Saturday morning with three motorcycle officers – red lights flashing and sirens blaring – escorting him to the Center Street police station. The procession included the SWAT truck and half a dozen patrol cars.
Chiek started as a police reserve officer and then became a school resource officer before moving into patrol. He was a canine officer for 19 years keeping his dogs at home in the dual role as family pets. He also served as a bicycle officer over his tenure.
His first dog was Razor that won over 100 awards during his tenure on the force. Razor was followed by Blade, Cole, Dagger and finally Sabre. Sabre is still relatively young. Chiek passed him over to work with a new canine officer, Primo Cruz. Like other canines, there will always be a bond between Chiek and his last dog that spent countless hours with him in his patrol car.
The officer will now be moving into a new position serving as a community resource officer for the next six months as part of the city’s effort to address homeless issues while the department works to hire a permanent CRO officer. Chiek will be working with CRO Mike Kelly who has been in the role for 18 months.
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