ENID, Okla. — Enid Police Department Detective Derek Parks was presented Thursday with his sergeant's badge and chevrons for his uniform. His promotion to the rank of sergeant is official Monday.
Parks is replacing Sgt. Jason Priest, who opted for a career change last month.
"The department really is losing a lot of experience and knowledge with losing Priest," Parks said. "He's been around this job for a long time and has a lot of knowledge."
Parks joined the department Aug. 28, 2006. He transferred into the Detectives Division in May 2017, and has spent the past two years working as a Juvenile Crimes detective.
"I'm excited but it's definitely bittersweet. I do definitely enjoy working juvenile crimes," Parks said of the promotion. "I’m still excited to have the new job, the new responsibility."
He said he was ready to get back to Patrol Division and work those types of calls again. He said eventually he would like to return to the Detectives Division as a supervisor.
Parks is also an active member of the National Guard, serving for the past 18 years.