Champaign Police Announce “Last Ride” Procession for K-9 Cash

K-9 Cash with Officer Tina TrockCommunity Advised of Traffic Impacts Throughout City of Champaign

The Champaign Police Department would like to advise the community of potential traffic delays on the morning of Friday, April 15, as officers honor the life and service of retired K-9 Cash as he takes one last ride at the age of nine. Cash, a German Shepherd, joined the Champaign Police Department in 2013 and was certified through the North American Police Work Dog Association as a police utility K-9. During his time with the Department, Cash was involved in a number of high-profile cases, including a drug bust valued at more than $1 million.

Due to health concerns, Cash was retired from active duty in July of 2021 at the age of 8. Since then, he has enjoyed a life of quiet rest with his handler, Officer Tina Trock, and with the Department’s other K-9, Lando.

“To departments around the world, K-9’s are important members of the police family,” said Interim Police Chief Thomas Petrilli. “K-9 Cash showed nothing but pride in his work and determination to be the best K-9 partner he could be. This no doubt reflected the efforts of his handler, Officer Tina Trock, and our thoughts are with her on this difficult day.”

The Champaign Police Department’s K-9 Unit has had ten dogs since its inception in 1992. These highly trained officers aid their human partners in key service areas where a human touch is not enough.

As officers honor Cash, a large procession – including local first responders and K-9 officers from throughout the region – is expected to follow a path from Interstate Drive in north Champaign, headed south to a destination in Savoy. The procession will depart at approximately 10:00 a.m. and will follow the route below at a low speed. Because of the size and nature of the procession, the public is advised that traffic impacts are possible along the route.

Time:  Friday, April 15, 2022, at approximately 10:00 a.m.

  • Procession will begin in Champaign on Prospect Avenue, north of Interstate Dr, traveling south toward E Windsor Rd
  • Turn left (east) onto E Windsor Rd, toward Neil St
  • Turn right (south) onto S Neil Street/N Dunlap Avenue, Savoy

The Champaign Police Department appreciates the cooperation of our residents, visitors, and businesses during the procession.