Although he's retiring from Tiffin Police Department this week, Detective Dave Horn still will be playing the role of detective, just elsewhere.
Horn, who's retiring from the department after 24 years, will assume duties of an agent for the Bureau of Criminal Investigation Oct. 9.
He will cover the northwest Ohio area and will respond to crime scenes to process evidence when requested by law enforcement. His main office will be located in Bowling Green, he said.
Horn said he's not looking at the transition as retirement, but rather just a career change.
"I'm excited. I'm looking forward to it," he said.
Horn joined the Tiffin Police Department after four years of service in the Air Force, and he has played many roles since.
During the last 24 years, he has served as the department's canine officer and also was on the scuba team.
"Canine was great. I really enjoyed that," he said.
Horn also was an instructor, served on bike patrol and was on the department's special response team. He assumed the job of a detective in 2006.
Horn said the department has changed immensely since he joined it, especially in the area of technology.
"We've really advanced. Even our SRT team, we used to carry revolvers. Now we've just advanced so much."
Horn said the best part of serving on the Tiffin Police force has been helping people, and his co-workers have made that task even more enjoyable.
"I really enjoy working with everyone here at Tiffin PD. It's like a family," he said.
Tiffin Police Chief Fred Stevens said he has been working with Horn for 19 years at the Tiffin Police Department, and it's possible he may continue to work with him on occasion.
"There is potential we'll be calling him out" to crime scenes, Stevens said.
Stevens described Horn as a hard worker, and said he will be missed by the department.
"He's just a hard worker and a valuable asset. ... His years of experience will be missed at the police department," he said.
Now, there are 25 sworn-in officers, Stevens said, which is six below full-force. This week, a new officer, Michael Moore, joined the force. Moore, who is from Maumee, previously served on Napoleon's auxiliary police department and assumed duties at the Tiffin Police Department Sunday.