A fairly recent addition to the Hearne Police Department is making a huge difference. In five months, one police officer and his new partner made nearly 40 drug busts -- and this isn't your typical partner.
"A few years ago, I got run over and I was dragged by a guy that just purchased narcotics from this house right here," said Hearne Police Officer Jon Boller.
You'd think a story like that would be enough ammo for anyone to reconsider a much safer career. Especially for an officer who, at the time, was fresh out of the police academy.
“They chased the guy all the way to Bryan and he wrecked out at FM 2818,” he further explained.
But that's certainly not the case for Hearne Police Officer John Boller.
“I put him at gunpoint and put him on the ground, searched him and carried him to jail," Boller said. "He's in prison now, I'm not sure for how long, but we got em'."
Although it's been two years since he's seen the man that nearly killed him, it’s a face he'll never forget -- and one that ironically paid for Boller's new partner -- Sid.
“There’s just nothing in the world that can match what he’s capable of doing,” said Boller. "People see the K-9 Unit coming and some don't even try and hide it."
Sid has become a critical tool in fighting the war on narcotics in Hearne; a lucrative trade for dealers that Boller says comes to life at night.
“Our day starts at five in the afternoon and we work till three in the morning," Boller said. "We see a lot of foot traffic here in Hearne at night."
Sid is certified in the recovery of marijuana, cocaine, methamphetamine and heroine. The two became partners in January and after training, hit the streets in February.
“Our second night out we got a couple guys had some powdered cocaine and marijuana in the vehicle,” Boller explained. “It's one of those things if we didn't have him, we probably would have never happened.”
In only five months, Boller and Sid cleaned out 37 narcotic deals within the city. When you take the K-9 out of the picture, Boller says an officer at Hearne PD typically averages seven to ten deals in six months.
Narcotics are my passion and Sid is my partner, but I’m not going to lie, he’s also like my child,” Boller added.
Sid was purchased using federally seized drug money. He's the only K-9 officer at the Hearne Police Department and is available to assist other area law enforcement agencies.