Newly Appointed Chief of Police for Midvale City
I am incredibly honored to be chosen to serve as Chief of Police Services for Midvale City. I look forward to serving the community of Midvale and am excited about the future. As I’ve attended numerous council and community meetings, there have been a few common questions that I thought I’d share.
Tell us about yourself: I grew up in Cottonwood Heights. I served in the Marine Corps for 4 years then returned to Utah. I have been married for 33 years and have 3 kids that I am extremely proud of. I support our Veterans, founded a non-profit that supports UPD K9 and am still excited to wake up each morning and put on the badge.
What have I done in my law enforcement career? I’ve had a diverse career with many challenging assignments (Corrections, Motors, Patrol, Major Accident Team, SWAT, K9, Communications Division, Metro Narcotics Task Force). My most enjoyable assignment was as a K9 Handler and Unit Supervisor. My most challenging assignment was as the UPD Communications Division Commander. Our dispatchers have an incredible amount or responsibility as they quickly process calls, sending their officers to critical situations.
What was my last assignment? I served as the Deputy Director for the S.L. Metro Narcotics Task Force. The task force identifies, investigates, disrupts and dismantles large drug trafficking organizations. I am passionate on the war against drugs. It saddens me to think that Utah has one of the highest national rates of opioid abuse. The abuse effects all areas of our community. The task force consistently removes large amounts of illegal narcotics from our streets before they can be distributed.
What can we do to make Midvale safer? Traffic safety is a constant challenge for law enforcement. We respond to multiple and often tragic motor vehicle crashes each day. Distracted driving, speed and impatient drivers are often contributors to crashes. Hints? Plan accordingly for the weather, clear your windows, obey speed limits, PUT DOWN THE PHONE, and be a considerate driver.
How can citizens help the police? The best way you can help us may sound cliché, “If you see something, say something”. Nobody knows your neighborhood better than you and when something doesn’t look right, follow your instincts and give us a call. Don’t make yourself an easy target for criminal activity. There are many affordable devices that deter crime. Well-lit yards as well as motion detecting light systems tend to deter. Security cameras are more affordable than ever before and most give you options to monitor your house while you’re away. We’ve seen an increase in citizens providing us with video to help solve crime. Today’s cameras are small enough to place in doorbells yet clear enough to provide key evidence in criminal prosecutions. Also, DO NOT leave your car unattended while it’s running, even just to warm it up.
I look forward to writing future articles addressing issues particular to our community. Thank you for giving me an opportunity to serve Midvale.