A day in the life of a Kent Police Officer is pretty interesting. The combination of the relatively small number of Officers on duty at any time and the diversity of lifestyles found in our community means that Kent Officers end up getting involved in a wide range of situations.
That’s not to suggest we’ve got a crime problem — we don’t — our crime statistics are better than most cities our size (see a former blog post on the stats), but I’ve had a number of Kent Officers say that they choose to work in Kent because of the level of professionalism and expertise that is required on the job every day.
I’m sure that the late night alcohol induced shenanigans get old, but because those types of incidents get the most media attention I’m not sure residents have a sense for how well trained and prepared their Kent Police Officers are for all the other Police work that they do.
Here’s a few recent recognitions by the Kent Police Chief for Kent Officers that didn’t get printed in the newspaper that give you a sense of what I mean:
Kudos to Dave for his outstanding investigation into recent home burglaries on XXXX Drive. Dave’s determined efforts during the follow-up investigation led to the clearance of five neighborhood burglaries and the confession of the suspect responsible. Congratulations for a job really well done!
Kudos to the Night shift with special recognition to Jim and his sidekick K-9 Aiko, for the successful tracking, detection, pursuit and apprehension of a fleeing burglar early Sunday morning. Officers were able to establish the perimeter very quickly which allowed Jim and Aiko to begin their tracking. Once the suspect was detected, the chase was on. The suspect apparently thought that he could successfully outrun Aiko. After running and going over fences, Aiko caught him, knocked him down and controlled him until officers could catch up. Congratulations to the Night shift, Jim and Aiko for their commendable actions.
Kudos to Mike for his performance investigating the theft of a credit card and the subsequent shopping spree of the criminals. After obtaining and viewing the surveillance video, the perps were brought in, interrogated and charged.
Kent Police Officers and agents from Bureau of Criminal Identification & Investigation (BCI&I) arrested a marijuana cultivator who was also found to be disseminating pornographic matter harmful to juveniles while executing search warrants at the property.
K-9 Aiko and Jim, and Mike apprehended a suspect found breaking into vehicles and in possession of a stolen vehicle.
Kudos to KSU-PD for providing us with information which led to the identification and arrest of a Robbery suspect. Special kudos go to Mark for his great investigative and interrogative technique in getting the suspect to confess. Congratulations Mark for a job well done!
Kudos to Jerry for his extraordinary role in the arrest of three burglary suspects this week who were caught in the act on XXXXX Street. Congratulations Jerry!
Kudos to Matt for his outstanding performance when confronting suicidal knife wielding individuals on two successive nights. By use of his C.I.T. skills, he successfully diffused the imminent threat of serious harm to them by persuading them to put down their knives and to obtain mental health assistance. Despite the extreme stress of both situations, Matt remained calm, controlled and successfully assisted them in receiving the mental health assistance they needed. Congratulations to Matt for a job well done!