Collin Rose was a cop’s cop.
Law enforcement agencies often asked the Wayne State University police officer and his two canines to help them search for suspects, narcotics and explosives.
He proposed to his fiancée, Nikki Salgot, at the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial in Washington, in May. He was on one knee, sweaty from just cycling south from New Jersey on the Police Unity Tour, which raises money for the memorial to slain law enforcement officers.
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He named one of his canines Wolverine, for the code name of a fallen Detroit police officer, and he and his dogs frequently attended funerals for metro Detroit cops to both show respect and sweep the venues for explosives.
On Wednesday, the 29-year-old with the engaging smile and generous spirit, became a fallen cop himself. He died at Detroit Receiving Hospital, a day after being shot in the head after approaching a subject on a bicycle in the city’s Woodbridge neighborhood, about seven blocks southwest of Wayne State.
A suspect in the case, DeAngelo L. Davis, 31, of Detroit was arraigned Friday. Charges against him include first-degree murder and murder of a police officer.
In an interview with the Free Press, Salgot said Rose “always had to make everyone feel better. Everywhere he went, he made friends. He had so many friends, so many different circles of people he touched in 29 years. It’s incredible someone like that can be taken.”
Chris Powell, an investigator on the university’s police force, said Rose’s tissue, bones and corneas were donated for transplant.
“His last act of service was to help others,” Powell said.
Lt. Patrick Saunders of the Wayne State force said Rose was a “cop’s cop.”
“And if you’re a cop, you know what that means — a person that another cop respects, who comes to work every day and goes about their job professionally, trying to make the world a better place,” Saunders said. “Nothing would mean more to him than knowing he was highly respected by other cops.”
Marc Cuddeback, a former Wayne State officer who worked with Rose for more than two years, called him “the hardest-working person I’ve ever met in my entire life.”
“Look up officer in the dictionary and you’ll find a picture of him,” said Cuddeback, now an officer with the Royal Oak Police Department.
Rose was a 2010 Ferris State University criminal justice and law enforcement academy graduate. His first job was on the police force in Richland, in Kalamazoo County, before he was hired by Wayne State in 2011. He was a credit short of a master’s in dispute resolution from Wayne State.
Saunders said Rose always had a smile, knew how to make people laugh, and worked hard. “You didn’t have to motivate him,” Saunders said.
For example, Rose identified a house where he believed narcotics were being sold and his work led to a raid on the building by the Detroit Police Department. The drug dealer was arrested. Chief Holt said he has his Wayne State cops sworn in as Detroit officers by the city’s police chief, and they can patrol beyond campus.
“It was a good, strong case,” Saunders said.
Wayne State Police Chief Anthony Holt said Rose was proactive. If he got a complaint about a burglary, for example, he would respond immediately and after he got a description about a possible suspect, he “would drive around the neighborhood, not just come into the station and type up a report.”
Rose was most passionate about his canines and rode around in a Ford Explorer with Clyde, a 110-pound Rottweiler, in the back seat and Wolverine, a German shorthaired pointer, in the cargo area.
Holt said the department inherited Clyde in 2013. He was trained as a narcotics detection dog, but Rose was able to teach him to track down suspects and search buildings.
Rose “could release Clyde and Clyde would find the suspect,” Holt said. A rescue dog, Clyde was big and mean, but Rose “was so good with the dogs, such a good trainer, that he actually … made him a multipurpose dog.”