Thursday, December 9, 2010

Officers to Give Holiday Safety Tips to Sugar House Shoppers

Public safety outreach event

Salt Lake City Police Department Community Officers will be out in force Thursday afternoon to educate Sugar House shoppers about holiday safety.

“The holidays require just a few simple things to stay safe, from keeping purchases out of sight in the car to keeping gifts out of the front window at home, from keeping candles away from Christmas trees to not overloading electrical outlets with strands of Christmas tree lights,” said Det. Scott Smalley, Community Officer for District 4.

“We just want to talk to folks and remind them about what they can do to have a safe and happy holiday, and answer any public safety questions they may have,” Smalley added.

Community Officers invite the media to join them on this public safety outreach event, one of several the unit has been conducting this month.

WHO:
Salt Lake City Police Department Community Officers

WHAT:
Talking holiday safety with Sugar House shoppers

WHEN:
Thursday, December 9, 2010
2:30 p.m. briefing at Public Safety Building
3 p.m. arrive at shopping centers

WHERE:
Public Safety Building, 315 E. 200 S.
Commons at Sugar House, 1165 Wilmington Ave.
Sugar House Center, 2290 S. 1300 E.

Monday, December 6, 2010

SLCPD Releases Photos of Broadway Market and Pharmacy Robber















































The Salt Lake City Police Department is asking the public to help identify a man suspected of robbing the Broadway Market & Pharmacy, 242 E. 300 S., over the weekend.

At approximately 1 p.m. Saturday, December 4, 2010, the suspect entered the store and handed the cashier a note demanding all of the cash. No weapon was displayed, but the cashier did not risk his safety and gave the suspect the money. The suspect then fled the store on a black mountain bike in an unknown direction.

Suspect description:
• male white adult
• age: 30s to 40s
• bald
• wearing distinctive eyeglasses (see picture)

The Department asks anyone with information about the suspect to call Dispatch at (801) 799-3000. Callers may remain anonymous.

Under the City’s Tips for Cash program, the Police Department offers up to $3,000 for information which leads to the arrest and conviction of armed robbery suspects. To report criminal behavior through this program, call (801) 799-INFO (4636).

Please reference case #10-209624.

Monday, November 22, 2010

Tips for a safe hoilday season

View our tips for a safe holiday season, including when you are at home, traveling or out and about, also includes decorating tips! Click here to check out the video and tips.

Monday, November 15, 2010

SLCPD Releases Photos of Suspect in KeyBank Robbery














The Salt Lake City Police Department is seeking the public’s help in identifying the man who robbed the KeyBank branch at 410 E. 400 S. earlier today.

At approximately 12:34 p.m., the man entered the bank demanding money. After receiving an undisclosed sum, he left the bank on foot and was last seen running east.

Suspect description:
• male white adult
• 40–50 years old
• 6 feet tall
• skinny
• acne scars on the tops of his cheeks

The Police Department asks anyone with information about the suspect in this case to call (801) 799-3000. Callers may remain anonymous. Please reference case #10-199046.

In addition, the Salt Lake City Police Department offers up to $3,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of armed robbery suspects. Tipsters should call (801) 799-INFO (4636) to receive a confidential tracking number under this program.

Burbank Signs Utah Compact

Calling it a way for the city’s “silent majority” to weigh in on immigration reform, Salt Lake City Police Chief Chris Burbank today signed the Utah Compact.

“The five principles of the Compact are reflective of what I believe is the sentiment of a silent majority, certainly in Salt Lake City,” said Burbank, the Capital City’s 45th Chief of Police.

“Time and time again, when speaking to community groups, I am impressed with the number of people who agree that local law enforcement resources should not be used to enforce federal immigration law. Many ask how they can make a difference,” said Burbank. “The Utah Compact now provides an avenue for individuals to add their voice to the call for rational, reasonable discussion, hopefully in a manner lawmakers will recognize.”

Progress on BASE Jumper Case

The Salt Lake City Police Department believes it has determined the identities of two men who BASE-jumped from a downtown office building last week.

The Police Department again would like to thank the media and the public for responding quickly to surveillance images released late Friday. As a result, significant leads are being developed and pursued this week.

A Detective assigned to the case will screen the information with the City Prosecutor’s Office to determine whether formal charges will be pursued. No timeline has been established for this process.

Unless and until the suspects are charged, their names will not be released. Possible charges include trespassing and disturbing the peace.

Sunday, November 14, 2010

Statement on Investigation of BASE Jumpers

The Salt Lake City Police Department would like to thank the media and the public for responding so quickly to its request for information about two men who BASE jumped from the LDS Church Office Building Friday afternoon, November 12, 2010.

As a result, significant leads have been provided for investigation. The public should bear in mind that potential charges are misdemeanors and investigative resources are being allocated accordingly.

A Public Information Officer will be available to reporters at approximately 10:30 a.m. tomorrow for comment.

Reporters, please note that Watch Commanders do not have information on this investigation.

Friday, November 12, 2010

SLCPD Seeks BASE Jumpers














SLCPD seeks the identity and location of the two men (pictured above) who BASE-jumped from a downtown office building this afternoon.

Between 3 and 4 p.m. Friday, November 12, 2010, the men, equipped with parachute gear, jumped from the 26th floor observation deck of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints' Church Office Building, 50 E. North Temple. After landing in a nearby parking lot, the duo got into a waiting silver SUV and fled the area, witnesses stated.

The Police Department asks anyone with information about either of these men to call Dispatch at (801) 799-3000.

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

SLCPD Releases Photo of Suspect in Strong-arm Robbery at Target










The Salt Lake City Police Department asks the public to help identify a man who snatched a woman’s wallet as she walked to her car.

On the afternoon of November 7, the woman had just exited Target, 1110 S. 300 W., and was in the parking lot when the suspect rode up to her on his bicycle and grabbed a wallet out of her hand. Surveillance video shows the suspect appears to have been watching Target customers for some period of time, riding his bike in the area prior to the attack.

Suspect description:
• white male adult
• 30-40 years of age
• moustache/goatee
• wearing blue workout pants with white vertical stripe, gray winter Alaska type parka with hood, gray collared shirt or sweater.

The Department asks anyone with information about the suspect to call Dispatch at (801) 799-3000. Callers may remain anonymous. Please reference case # 10-194753.

Friday, October 29, 2010

US Bank Robbed by Suspects in Costume





















The Salt Lake City Police Department is seeking the public’s help in identifying two men who robbed the US Bank branch at 2243 E. 2100 S. today.

At approximately 1:15 p.m., two men entered the bank dressed in Halloween costumes and carrying guns. The suspects demanded and received a sum of cash before fleeing the bank on foot. Witnesses then reported the men leaving the area in a silver minivan.

Descriptions of the suspects are limited due to the costumes they were wearing (see attached photos), but one suspect is 5 feet 9 inches tall and the other is 6 feet tall.

The Police Department asks anyone with information about the suspects in this case to call (801) 799-3000. Callers may remain anonymous. Please reference case #10-189063.

In addition, the Salt Lake City Police Department offers up to $3,000 for information which leads to the arrest and conviction of armed robbery suspects. To report criminal behavior, call (801) 799-INFO (4636) and the police will assign you a confidential number.

Monday, October 18, 2010

In Memoriam: Officer William Cooke

Killed in the Line of Duty 152 Years Ago Today

The Salt Lake City Police Department today remembers the loss of one its own: Officer William Cooke, who died October 18, 1858, from injuries sustained in the line of duty.

Officer William Cooke was the first Utah police officer to be murdered in the line of duty.

On the afternoon of October 13, the 55-year-old victim was on duty and alone at the city jail. Two men came to the jail and demanded the release of an inmate. When Officer Cooke refused, one of the men shot him in the thigh. Officer Cooke died five days later.

The killer fled Salt Lake City. He was shot and killed October 21, 1858, near Fort Bridger, Wyoming, by a Salt Lake mail carrier familiar with the murder.

Officer Cooke was married and the father of six children. He is buried in Salt Lake City Cemetery.

To learn more about our Fallen Officers, please visit www.slcpd.com. Click on “Honoring Our Own.”

The Police Department wishes to thank the Utah Law Enforcement Memorial for its assistance in this remembrance.

Saturday, October 2, 2010

Suspect Wanted in Homicide

UPDATE: Suspect turned himself in to the Bureau of Indian Affairs in Ft. Duchesne a little before midnight 10/02/10.

Salt Lake City Police Department homicide detectives are asking for the public’s help in locating a criminal homicide suspect.

Shortly before 11 a.m., Reuben “Sonny Bear” Cesspooch, 52, allegedly got into a fight with an acquaintance at 451 S. State Street. The 50-year-old victim, also Native American, suffered blunt force trauma to the head and died at the scene.


Suspect description:
• 6’2”
• 250 lbs.
• collar-length salt-and-pepper hair
• brown eyes
• no front teeth
• last seen wearing black Levi’s jeans and a white t-shirt

Although homicide detectives believe Cesspooch to be in the area, he also has family in the Roosevelt and Ogden areas.

The Police Department asks anyone with information about Cesspooch’s location to call (801) 799-3000. Callers may remain anonymous.

Ref: Case #10-172389

Monday, September 20, 2010

City, State and Regional Stakeholders Gather to Kick-Off Evac Plan Tomorrow

Herriman fire emphasizes need

Stakeholders from across the Salt Lake Valley will gather tomorrow morning to launch the Salt Lake Valley Venue Evacuation Plan, which has been given added emphasis with the fire in Herriman.

“Disasters may occur at any time. Reuniting families, returning workers to their homes are issues for which both the public and private sector must prepare, and this event starts that shared process,” said Chris Burbank, Salt Lake City Chief of Police and president of the Valley Police Alliance, the group sponsoring the planning effort.

Lt. Gov. Greg Bell, Salt Lake City Mayor Ralph Becker, Burbank and FEMA Region VIII Administrator Robin Finegan will address the group of city mayors and managers, governmental agencies, private sector businesses and volunteer agencies. Over the coming months, the group will begin a collaborative planning process to ensure rapid response, as well as mitigate long-term economic damage and disruption in the event of a man-made or natural disaster.

Media outlets are invited to attend the event.

WHO:
Lt. Gov. Greg Bell
SLC Mayor Ralph Becker
SLC Police Chief Chris Burbank
FEMA Region VIII Administrator Robin Finegan
City mayors/managers, government agencies, private businesses and volunteer agencies

WHAT:
Salt Lake Valley Venue Evacuation Plan Kick-Off

WHEN:
Tuesday, September 21, 2010
8 a.m.

WHERE:
Founders Room, 18th Floor
Zions Bank Building
One South Main Street
SLC, UT 84111

Note: Parking is available in the Joseph Smith Memorial Building across street.

Saturday, September 18, 2010

In Memoriam: Sgt. James E. Faraone

Killed in the line of duty Sept. 18, 2001

The Salt Lake City Police Department today remembers the loss of one its own: Sergeant James E. Faraone, killed in the line of duty Sept. 18, 2001.


Sergeant Faraone was killed in a traffic crash on Interstate 80. Shortly after 2:30 p.m., the 48-year-old victim encountered a disabled vehicle in the middle of the eastbound lanes at approximately 3800 West. He parked his unmarked police vehicle behind the disabled vehicle and activated his red-and-blue strobe lights.


Sergeant Faraone was seated inside his vehicle when it was struck from behind by a pickup traveling at a high rate of speed. Although wearing his seatbelt, the victim died almost instantly due to massive chest trauma.


Buried at Wasatch Lawn Memorial Park, Sergeant Faraone is survived by his wife and two children.


If you have memories to share about Sergeant Faraone, please email policehistory@slcgov.com or call (801) 799-3340. To learn more about our Fallen Officers, visit www.slcpd.com. Click on Honoring Our Own.


The Police Department wishes to thank the Utah Law Enforcement Memorial for its assistance in this remembrance.


Missing Man Found

Russell Holmes was found earlier today.

Thursday, September 16, 2010

Man Missing Since Walking Away from Outing at State Fair


The Salt Lake City Police Department is searching for Russell Holmes, a 45-year-old man who walked away from his group while on an outing at the Utah State Fair yesterday.


Holmes has brown hair and brown eyes, a moustache and partial beard. He is 5 feet 11 inches tall and weighs approximately 145 pounds.


Holmes was last seen wearing a black knit shirt with dark green baggy pants and black or brown shoes.


Holmes is at high risk medically – he requires medication on a daily basis for his condition. Without these medications, he is at risk for severe illness and even death.


The Police Department asks anyone who sees Holmes to call (801) 799-3000 or their local law enforcement agency.

Officers Locate Wilfredo Reyes, Reunite Him With Family

Officers have located Wilfredo Reyes, who was reported missing earlier today.

Reyes was in good health and has since been reunited with his family.

Missing Adult Suffers from Alzheimer's


The Salt Lake City Police Department is searching for Wilfredo Reyes, 78, who has been missing since noon today.


Reyes suffers from Alzheimer’s and requires medication that he does not have with him. Although he has been in the country for 56 years, his medical condition has significantly limited his English language skills.


Officers have been searching for Reyes since family members contacted the Police Department at approximately 5 p.m. They continue their search at this hour and release a photo of Reyes in hopes the public may help locate him.


Reyes was last seen wearing a green long-sleeved shirt with white dots, khaki pants and black shoes. He was at a bus stop on 900 East and 2700 South with his wife at approximately noon today. Seeking a restroom, Reyes crossed the street to use one at Granite Bakery. While store employees remember seeing him leave, Reyes did not return to his wife at the bus stop.


The Police Department asks anyone who sees Reyes to call (801) 799-3000.


Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Police, Fire Departments Stack Cans for Utah Food Bank in Effort to CANcel Hunger

1 Disney On Ice ticket for every 10 cans of food donated by public

The Salt Lake City Police and Fire Departments will face off in a Utah Food Bank CANCAN event, competing against each other in building objects in timed events while working with the public to CANcel hunger.

Starting at 11 a.m. Monday, Sept. 27, the first 600 people to donate 10 cans of food at the Utah Food Bank, 3150 S. 900 W., will receive a free pass to the opening night performance of Disney On Ice presents Mickey & Minnie’s Magical Journey on Thursday, Nov. 11, at the Energy Solutions Arena. There will be a limit of one ticket per adult, and each donor must be present with 10 cans of food in order to receive a free pass.

All food donated through the Disney On Ice Food Drive will benefit individuals and families in need throughout the entire state of Utah.

The Police-Fire CANCAN event marks the fifth time Disney On Ice has teamed up with the Salt Lake City Police Department and the 12th time they have joined forces with Utah Food Bank to help in the collection of food for Utah communities.

WHO:

SLC Police and Fire Departments
Disney On Ice
Utah Food Bank

WHAT:

Disney on Ice Food Drive

WHEN:

Monday, Sept. 27, 2010
11 a.m.

WHERE:

Utah Food Bank
3150 S. 900 W.
SLC, UT 84119



Friday, August 27, 2010

Suspect Identified in Officer Involved Shooting

The Salt Lake City Police Department has positively identified the suspect in today’s officer involved shooting:

· Brandon S. Barrett (01/30/82), believed to be a US Army veteran most recently stationed at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Tacoma, Washington.

At approximately 3:37 p.m. today, Dispatch received a call of a man with a gun walking along State Street between 500 and 600 South. An officer who arrived on scene exchanged gunfire with the suspect, who died at the scene.

Barrett was dressed in full military-style combat attire and was carrying a long gun and numerous rounds of ammunition.

The police officer received a gunshot wound to his leg. He was transported to a local hospital with non-life threatening injuries and is expected to make a full recovery.

Per policy, the Police Department has placed the officer on paid administrative leave pending an internal review and a joint criminal investigation between Salt Lake City Police detectives and the Salt Lake County District Attorney’s Office.

Friday, August 13, 2010

Detectives Seek New Info in Rosa Tapia Case

Rosa Tapia case still active

In a case that has grown cold but never been closed, the Salt Lake City Police Department’s Homicide Squad seeks a man who was seen with Rosa Tapia the night before she was abducted and murdered in 1995.

A witness describes the man as a male white adult, approximately 30 years old, dark-complected, 5 feet 9 inches tall, with a thin build and medium-length, dark brown hair. He was wearing a white t-shirt, red-brimmed ball cap and brown dark glasses.

Detectives are working on a composite sketch, which may be available to the public as early as next week. Although not a suspect, they believe talking with the man may move the case forward.

Due to a low homicide rate in 2009, the Homicide Squad has had more time to revisit the Department’s cold cases. Of the nearly 100 on file, Detectives are actively investigating 40, including the Tapia case.

Reward information:
Salt Lake City Police Department offers up to $5,000 for information that may lead to the arrest and conviction of homicide suspects. To report such information, the Police Department asks the public to call (801) 799-INFO (4636). Callers may remain anonymous. The public may also email information to tipsforcash@slcgov.com. Please reference case #95-119190.

Rosa Tapia cold case listing

Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Police Department Launches ‘Neighbors Helping Neighbors’

New program focuses on drug, gang activity


The Salt Lake City Police Department today launched “Neighbors Helping Neighbors,” a program that provides residents with tools to combat drugs and gangs in city neighborhoods.

“Law enforcement works best as a partnership with the community we serve. Our new ‘Neighbors Helping Neighbors’ program will create a simple way for residents to report drug and gang activity, information that officers can then use to address criminal problems in our neighborhoods,” said Chris Burbank, Chief of Police.

Burbank introduced the program during a Night Out Against Crime Event hosted by the Federal Heights Neighborhood Association, Sigma Phi Epsilon fraternity and the Greater Avenues Community Council. Officers distributed lawn signs for residents to indicate that their household is free of drugs or gang members, as well as handed out drug and gang diaries for the tracking of drug and gang activity.

Residents may also download the diaries from the Police Department’s website, www.slcpd.com/neighbors. All completed diaries submitted to the department will remain confidential.

To obtain a lawn sign, please contact a Community Officer. Assigned by City Council District, a complete list is posted online at www.slcpd.com/getinvolved/community-officers.

Monday, August 2, 2010

Police Department to Launch 'Neighbors Helping Neighbors' Program During Night Out Against Crime

As part of tomorrow's Night Out Against Crime, the Salt Lake City Police Department will launch a new program that provides residents with tools to combat drugs and gangs in city neighborhoods.

“Law enforcement works best as a partnership with the community we serve. Our new ‘Neighbors Helping Neighbors’ program will create a simple way for residents to report drug and gang activity, information that officers can then use to address criminal problems in our neighborhoods,” said Chris Burbank, Chief of Police.

Full details about the program will be unveiled at a press conference during a Night Out Against Crime event hosted by the Federal Heights Neighborhood Association, Sigma Phi Epsilon fraternity and the Greater Avenues Community Council tomorrow night.

WHO:
Chris Burbank, Salt Lake City Chief of Police
Federal Heights Neighborhood Association
Sigma Phi Epsilon fraternity
Greater Avenues Community Council

WHAT:
Launch of ‘Neighbors Helping Neighbors’ Program during Night Out Against Crime

WHEN:
6 p.m.
Tuesday, August 3, 2010

WHERE:
1409 E. Butler Ave.
Salt Lake City, UT 84102

Saturday, July 31, 2010

Suspect in Custody After 14-Hour Standoff at All Star Travel Inn

The Salt Lake City Police Department took suspected bank robber Joe Dee Stang into custody at approximately 11:11 a.m. this morning.

Claiming he had a hostage, Stang barricaded himself in a room at the All Star Travel Inn after officers tracked him there and attempted to make contact. Following several hours of negotiations, he ceased communication.

SWAT officers forced entry and extracted Stang, who had no hostage after all, from an attic space at approximately 11:11 a.m. this morning. Medical personnel transported him to a local hospital for treatment of possible dehydration.

Officers will book Stang on aggravated robbery charges under a federal warrant. Other charges are pending, including those related to his flight from a work release program in Idaho earlier this month.

During the 14-hour standoff, officers evacuated approximately 50 people from the motel to a nearby church. They were allowed to return at approximately noon today.

The Police Department wishes to thank Salt Lake City Fire Department, Davis County SWAT/Paramedics, Unified Police Department, Taylorsville Police Department, Unified Fire Department, Utah Transit Authority, Gold Cross Ambulance, American Red Cross-Greater Salt Lake Chapter for their assistance in the standoff that began at approximately 9 p.m. Friday, July 30, 2010.

Friday, July 30, 2010

Male in surveillance photos cleared in robbery

SALT LAKE CITY—The Salt Lake City Police Department yesterday released surveillance photos of a suspect in a purse snatching. The photos were taken at a nearby gas station where it is believed the suspect used the victim’s credit card following the robbery. Officers have made contact with the male in the photos and have cleared him as a suspect in the robbery.

As a result of this new information, the police dept asks all media outlets to remove these photos from their websites. The man in the photos is no longer a suspect.

Details of the robbery:

At approximately 1 p.m. Tuesday, July 27, an elderly couple had just returned to their home in the area of 2300 E. 1300 S. and parked their car in their garage. A man came up behind the 86-year-old female victim and grabbed her purse out of her hand, and fled in a red SUV or Jeep.

The Police Department asks anyone who knows the identity or location of the suspect to call (801) 799-3000. Callers may remain anonymous. Please reference case #10-129940.

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Suspect Identified in Zions Bank Robbery
























Salt Lake City Police Department confirms Joe Dee Stang (1/30/65) is the primary suspect in yesterday’s robbery of the Zions Bank branch at 1635 S. Redwood Road.


Stang walked away from an Idaho State Prison work program earlier this month, and he is a suspect in other offenses. Known to be in possession of at least one silver handgun, the public should consider him armed and dangerous.


The Police Department asks anyone with information about the suspect to call (801) 799-3000. Callers may remain anonymous. Please reference case #10-131159.



Thursday, July 29, 2010

SLCPD Makes Arrests in Flores Homicide

SALT LAKE CITY—Salt Lake City Police Department Homicide Detectives today arrested two people in the July 19, 2009, homicide of Krystal Flores and the attempted homicide of a 23-year-old male.

Officers arrested:

· Pailate Lomu (7/1/89) on second-degree felony charges of homicide and obstruction of justice, as well as first-degree felony charges of discharge of a firearm with serious bodily injury and aggravated burglary.

· Shannon Moala (3/6/78) on obstruction of justice in the Flores homicide, as well as two counts of possession of another’s identification documents and one count of forgery unrelated to the case—all third-degree felonies.

Homicide Detectives believe that Moala and Lomu were significant players in the group of gang members that went to the wrong house looking for rival gang members during the early morning hours of July 19, resulting in the homicide of Flores. It is clear that Flores and her family were not the intended targets, nor were they gang members.

Homicide Detectives also believe other parties were involved in this case and hope that people will continue to come forward and provide the information necessary to bring them to justice.

Furthermore, Homicide Detectives ask the public to come forward with information regarding two other gang-involved homicides:

· 2007-33206, gang members shot and killed victim Solomone Tuifua during a party at 1540 S. 900 W. on February 24, 2007.

· 2007-101949, gang members gunned down victim Villiami Latu in his driveway at 1815 W. Sir Jeffrey Circle on June 7, 2007.

Many times gang-involved crimes involve the same group of people and their associates, therefore it is a possibility that individuals who know something about the Flores case also may know something about similar homicides.

Salt Lake City Police Department offers up to $5,000 for information that leads to the arrest and conviction of homicide suspects. To report criminal behavior, call (801) 799-INFO (4636) to obtain a confidential number. Confidential emails may be sent to tipsforcash@slcgov.com.

Friday, July 16, 2010

‘All-Parks’ Operation This Weekend

Focus on order maintenance, ‘playin’ safe’

Salt Lake City Police Department invites the public to say hello today and tomorrow as it steps up patrols in the city’s 71 parks during a seasonal operation.

Order maintenance during the high-use summer season is the focus of the multi-unit operation, but officers will also be giving out Subway Safety Citations to children “playin’ safe.” If they are wearing helmets and other protective gear while riding their bikes, skateboards and scooters, children may earn a special gift card good for one six-inch sandwich at area Subway restaurants.

In order to provide a safe environment for all park users to enjoy, the Salt Lake City Police Department addresses criminal activity in public parks through a variety of means, including this citywide park saturation. Approximately 30 officers, in addition to routine patrol shifts, will participate in the operation, which runs today and tomorrow.


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Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Law Enforcement, Special Olympics Athletes to Complete Final Leg of Torch Run Tomorrow

Law enforcement across the Salt Lake Valley will join with Special Olympics athletes to complete the final leg of the Torch Run beginning at 8 a.m. on the front steps of the State Capitol tomorrow.

The morning will start with a Final Leg Ceremony to welcome the Special Olympics flame back to Salt Lake City after traveling across the state during the month of May. Over that time, more than 1,000 law enforcement officers have been raising funds for and promoting awareness of the more than 2,000 Special Olympics athletes in Utah.

Runners will take the “Flame of Hope” from the State Capitol to Brigham Young University in Provo, where athletes will begin their Summer Games Thursday.


WHO:
Law enforcement officers
Special Olympics athletes

WHAT:
Law Enforcement Torch Run Final Leg Ceremony

WHEN:

Wednesday, May 26, 2010
8 a.m.

WHERE:
Front Steps of the State Capitol
350 N. State Street
SLC, UT

Note: a full rundown of the day’s run can be found here.

Friday, May 7, 2010

Chief Burbank Clarifies Statement on Public Camping Citations

Salt Lake City Police Chief Chris Burbank has suspended enforcement of city codes pertaining to camping in public parks until a review is completed.

“There are several codes under which officers may enforce against sleeping or camping in public parks and spaces and yesterday we reviewed only one of them,” said Burbank.

The code reviewed yesterday was 15.08.080, “Camping.” However, the following codes also apply and show multiple citations:
• 14.020.100, “Loitering on the sidewalk”
• 14.28.060, “Camping and related activities prohibited”
• 11.12.080, “Camping and sleeping on public grounds”
• 5.86.054, “Automobile trailer courts; license required”

“Concerns expressed in media reports are valid, and I’ve started a review of past citations to determine whether they were appropriate and how to proceed in the future in order to ensure that all members of our community are treated with the dignity they deserve,” Burbank concluded.

1985 Missing Persons Case Reactivated



SALT LAKE CITY—The Salt Lake City Police Department is asking the public for information that may help to resolve a 25-year-old missing persons case.

On June 3, 1985, 14-year-old Lloyd Reese (pictured above on left) and 21-year-old David Jaramillo (pictured above on right) left Reese’s Salt Lake City home at 173 E. 1700 S. with two other friends for an outing to East Canyon Reservoir. Reese and Jaramillo became separated from the others at some point during the day. When they failed to return home, friends and family members reported them missing. Investigators at the time placed their names in the National Crime Information Center’s Missing Person File, and they searched for them without success.

Although 25 years have passed, Detective Mike Hamideh said he hopes that friends and acquaintances will contact the police department and provide information and photos that may prove useful in the investigation.

“It’s the smallest piece of information that could bring closure to these families,” said Hamideh, who is leading the current review of the case. “Even strangers who spent time in East Canyon in June of 1985 may know something that seemed like nothing at the time but could be the key to their disappearance.”

The Police Department asks anyone with information about Jaramillo and Reese to call (801) 799-3000. Callers may remain anonymous. Please reference case #85-59692.

At 10:30 this morning, relatives of both Jaramillo and Reese will be available to speak with media at Pioneer Precinct, 1040 W. 700 S.
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Monday, May 3, 2010

SWAT School Access for Media

The Salt Lake City Police Department invites members of the media to attend SWAT training tomorrow afternoon.

Known for its rigor and intensity, the Department’s SWAT School is hosting 29 candidates from multiple agencies, including military personnel, during this year’s six-day affair.

At 3 p.m. tomorrow, the Department invites reporters to attend the urban climbing and rappelling portion of SWAT school.


WHAT: SLCPD SWAT School, urban climbing and rappelling

WHO: 29 SWAT candidates from multiple agencies

WHEN: Monday, May 3, 2010
3 p.m.

WHERE: Training Tower
1600 S. Industrial Road (1900 W.)
Salt Lake City, UT 84104

Saturday, May 1, 2010

Officer Involved Shooting

The Salt Lake City Police Department is confirming an officer-involved shooting that occurred early this morning at 245 E. South Temple.

At 1:58 a.m., a complainant called Dispatch to report a man who was brandishing a gun and making threats. When officers arrived at the scene and made initial contact, the subject fled.

Officers located the man a short distance from the initial call for service. He failed to comply with officers’ commands and made furtive movements, which prompted them to discharge their weapons.

Investigators have recovered the subject’s gun.

Medical personnel transported Favian Martinez (03/03/90), a resident of Salt Lake County, to a local hospital, where he died from his injuries.

Per policy:
· The Department has placed the officers involved on routine administrative leave.
· The Department will conduct an internal review of the officers’ actions.
· The District Attorney’s Office will conduct an investigation.

Friday, April 30, 2010

SLCPD, Special Olympics Host Torch Run Kick-Off at City/County Building

The Salt Lake City Police Department and Special Olympics Utah will host the Law Enforcement Torch Run Kick-Off Ceremony today at 10 a.m. on the west steps of the City/County Building, 451 S. State Street.

Special Olympics Utah athletes will join with police officers and members of the media to carry the “Flame of Hope” in four directions. The event symbolizes the path that the Special Olympics Torch will take as it travels the state for several weeks before returning to the State Capitol at 8 a.m. Wednesday, May 26, for the Torch Run Final Leg Ceremony. The 2010 Special Olympics Utah Summer Games begin the next day at Brigham Young University in Provo.

WHO:
Mayor Ralph Becker
Chief Chris Burbank
Law enforcement officers
Special Olympic athletes
Fields Moseley, KUTV 2
Karen Carlson, ABC 4
Amanda Butterfield, KSL 5
Amanda Dickson, KSL Radio
Arikka Von, Fox 13

WHAT:
Law Enforcement Torch Run Kick-Off Ceremony

WHEN:
Friday, April 30, 2010
10 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.

WHERE:
West Steps, City/County Building
451 S. State Street
Salt Lake City, UT 84111

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Public Asked to Help Identify Vandal Responsible for Damaging Car Tires

The Salt Lake City Police Department is asking the public to help identify a man responsible for more than $10,000 in damages to car tires.

Detectives say victims began filing reports on damaged tires around March 1. Described as a thin white man, the subject initially was active on weekends but seems to have increased his pace in recent weeks, with approximately 100 reported incidents to date.

Although victims as far south as Sugar House have filed police reports, the majority of damaged vehicles are clustered around the Avenues from 400–1000 East, the City/County Building, Main City Library, Abravanel Hall, Energy Solutions Arena and Gateway Mall.

Detectives ask that anyone with information about the identity or whereabouts of the suspect call (801) 799-3000. Callers may remain anonymous. Please reference case #10-71652.

Monday, April 19, 2010

Candlelight Vigil to Honor Crime Victims

SLC police chief, chaplains lead Crime Victims' Rights Week event

Tonight at 7 p.m. on the north steps of the City & County Building, Chief Chris Burbank and Chaplains of the Salt Lake City Police Department invite the public to a candlelight vigil to honor and commemorate victims and to transform the darkness caused by crime.

“It is important that we recognize the impact of crime not only on those individuals directly affected but on our community as a whole,” said Burbank.
Open to the public, the candlelight vigil begins at 7 p.m. this evening.



WHO:
Chris Burbank, Chief of Police
Chaplains of the Salt Lake City Police Department

WHAT:
Candlelight Vigil for Crime Victims

WHEN:
7 p.m. tonight, Monday, April 19, 2010


WHERE:
North steps of the Salt Lake City & County Building
451 S. State Street
Salt Lake City, UT 84111

Monday, April 12, 2010

In Memoriam: Sergeant Alonzo M. Wilson

The Salt Lake City Police Department today remembers the loss of one its own: Sergeant Alonzo M. Wilson, killed in the line of duty April 12, 1894.

Sergeant Wilson died from an accidental gunshot wound. The 54-year-old victim was working as the morning desk sergeant in the Salt Lake City police station when a new patrolman dropped a loaded pistol. The weapon discharged as it hit the floor. The .45-caliber bullet struck Sgt. Wilson in the right knee, shattering his femur.

He was taken to a hospital where the leg was amputated. During surgery, doctors discovered that the bullet had ranged up into his torso. Sgt. Wilson died approximately five hours after being shot.

A member of the department for three years, Sgt. Wilson was married and the father of six children. His wife gave birth to the couple’s seventh child the day after his death. He is buried in Mount Olivet Cemetery.

The Department seeks photographs of Sgt. Wilson for its police history project. Please email information to policehistory@slcgov.com or call (801) 799-3340. To learn more about our Fallen Officers, visit http://www.slcpd.com/. Click on “Honoring Our Own.”

The Police Department wishes to thank the Utah Law Enforcement Memorial for its assistance in this remembrance.

Thursday, April 8, 2010

Woman Arrested for Obstruction of Justice in Homicide Case

The Salt Lake City Police Department has arrested Gabriela G. Flores (02/21/75) on charges of obstruction of justice.

Homicide Investigators say Flores aided in concealing evidence and suspects in the homicide of Stephanie Williams, whose dead body was found April 5, 2010.

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

2 Persons of Interest in Custody, 1 More Sought by Police

The Salt Lake City Police Department has accounted for two persons of interest in the April 5, 2010, homicide of Stephanie Williams and now seeks a third, Acuaro Arriaga Luna, 21.

Delfino Arriaga Luna, 33, was booked into jail at 10 a.m. this morning, while Benjamin Arriaga, 37, turned himself in shortly before 1 p.m.

Detectives still seek the following vehicles:
· 1998 Silver Ford Contour LX Sport SE 4-door, Utah plate #SS7268
· 1997 Black Volkswagen Jetta GL 4-door, Utah plate #A890LM
· 1997 white Ford Crown Vic (Police Intcptr), Utah plate #B653EK

The Police Department asks that anyone who knows the whereabouts of Acuaro Arriaga Luna or the vehicles to call (801) 799-3000. Callers may remain anonymous. Please reference case #10-58764.

Monday, April 5, 2010

Detectives Seek Persons of Interest in Homicide




















Photos: Delfino Arriaga Luna (left) and Ben Arriaga (right)

The Salt Lake City Police Department seeks two persons of interest in the homicide of a 19-year-old female at 766 W. 300 N. this afternoon:

· Delfino Arriaga Luna, 33
· Benjamin Arriaga, 37

Detectives consider these men armed and dangerous.

Delfino Arriaga Luna was last seen driving a 2004 Blue Dodge Ram 1500 Quad cab pickup, Utah plate #Z290PH, but also has the following vehicles registered under his name:

· 1998 Silver Ford Contour LX Sport SE 4-door, Utah plate #SS7268
· 1997 Black Volkswagen Jetta GL 4-door, Utah plate #A890LM
· 1997 white Ford Crown Vic (Police Intcptr), Utah plate #B653EK

Detectives ask anyone with information about these persons of interest to call (801) 799-3000. Callers may remain anonymous. Please reference case #10-58764.

Police Ask Public to Take Another Look at Photos of Suspect




Aggravated robbery charges possible

The Salt Lake City Police Department is asking the public to take another look at surveillance images from the March 20 attempted robbery of a Maverik convenience store.

Initial media reports focused on the somewhat comical comments made by the suspect, who did not want his mother to know what he had done. Based on further investigation, detectives believe the suspect intended to cause the clerk serious bodily harm.

At approximately 4 a.m. Saturday, March 20, 2010, a young Hispanic man entered the Maverick store at 2680 S. 2000 E. and began selecting items for purchase. While the clerk rang up the sale, the suspect walked around the counter, produced a knife and tried to attack the clerk. Sensing a threat, the clerk turned abruptly and stopped the suspect.

According to surveillance images, the suspect is a:
• Male Hispanic adult
• approximately 20-24 years old
• 5 feet 4 inches tall
• 150 lbs.
• wearing glasses, black jacket, blue jeans, and black shoes with white trim

The Police Department asks anyone with information about the suspect to call (801) 799-3000. Callers may remain anonymous. Please reference case #10-48462.

Friday, April 2, 2010

Police Investigate Apparent Murder-Suicide in Federal Heights

The Salt Lake City Police Department is investigating an apparent murder-suicide in the Federal Heights neighborhood.

At noon today, the Police Department received a call from an out-of-state family member who had been unable to reach her sister for about a week.

Responding officers found three bodies in the home’s basement, including:
• a 73-year-old male,
• a 69-year-old female, and
• a 35-year-old male.

It appears the younger man lived at the home with his elderly parents.

Officers continue to investigate the circumstances surrounding the case, but they are confident that all involved parties are accounted for.

Names are being withheld pending notification of next of kin.

Monday, March 29, 2010

In Memoriam: Detective James W. Cawley

Killed in the Line of Duty
March 29, 2003

The Salt Lake City Police Department remembers the loss of one of its own: Detective James W. Cawley, killed in the line of duty March 29, 2003.

Detective Cawley was killed in Iraq on Saturday, March 29, 2003, defending the freedom he so cherished. He was serving as a Marine Reservist and Staff Sergeant of the 1st Platoon, Fox Company, 2nd Battalion, 23rd Marine Regiment.

After 12 years of active duty with the Marines, Cawley joined the Salt Lake City Police Department on April 10, 1997. He served honorably as an officer, a detective in the gang suppression unit, and a member of the SWAT team.

Whether serving as a police officer on the home front or a Marine in a faraway land, Detective Cawley was willing to sacrifice his life in the name of peace, safety and justice. His life revolved around serving others, and that service can best be summed up by the words inscribed at the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial: “It is not how these officers died that made them heroes, it is how they lived.”

Detective Cawley is survived by his wife and two young children.

If you have memories or photos of Detective Cawley to share, please email policehistory@slcgov.com or call (801) 799-3340. To learn more about our Fallen Officers, visit http://www.slcpd.com/ and click on “Honoring Our Own.”

Photos of Beehive Credit Union Robber Released































The Salt City Police Department is asking the public to help identify a man suspected in the robbery of Beehive Credit Union, 1467 S. Main Street, at approximately 12:20 this afternoon.

The man presented a note demanding money to a teller, who gave him an undisclosed amount of cash. He was last seen headed east.

The suspect is described as:
· male white adult
· late 20s to early 30s
· 5’7” to 5’9”
· 150-170 lbs.
· short dark hair
· wearing a grey warm-up jacket with light-blue stripes on the arms and a Nike logo on the back.

The Police Department asks anyone with information about the suspect to call (801) 799-3000. Callers may remain anonymous. Please reference case #10-54160.

Friday, March 26, 2010

In Memoriam: Sergeant Nephi P. Pierce

Killed in the line of duty 87 years ago today

The Salt Lake City Police Department remembers the loss of one its own: Sergeant Nephi P. Pierce, killed in the line of duty March 26, 1923.

Sergeant Pierce died from the effects of a gunshot wound inflicted four months earlier by an armed-robbery suspect.

Shortly after midnight on November 27, 1922, Sergeant Pierce and Officer George Watson were on foot patrol near 525 S. Main Street. As they attempted to question two men matching the descriptions of a pair of robbery suspects, one of the suspects drew a gun. As Sergeant Pierce sought cover behind a tree, a suspect shot him once in the abdomen. Officer Watson was then pistol-whipped and left for dead.

The two suspects were captured the following morning. Officer Watson recovered, but Sergeant Pierce’s spine was severed. Their assailants were convicted of assault and sent to prison.

When Sergeant Pierce died four months later, the shooter was convicted of murder and executed by firing squad February 20, 1925. The second suspect was paroled in 1926.

Three months after the death of her husband, Marie Pierce committed suicide in the couple’s home. The Pierces had no children. They are buried beside each other in Mount Olivet Cemetery.

To learn more about our Fallen Officers, visit www.slcpd.com. Click on “Honoring Our Own.”

The Police Department wishes to thank the Utah Law Enforcement Memorial for its assistance in this remembrance.

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Cell Phone Routing Issues Resolved

The Salt Lake City Police Department is pleased to announce that 911 calls from AT&T cell phone users in Salt Lake City are now routing properly into dispatch.

It was discovered on Thursday afternoon that calls into 911 from some AT&T cell phone users in Salt Lake City were improperly routed to Seattle Police Department.

AT&T responded to the situation and was able to restore service late Thursday night. Spokeswoman Brooke Burgess said the company continues to work to determine the origination of the problem.

Contact information for spokeswoman Brooke Burgess:(916) 717-3919.

Thursday, March 25, 2010

Problem with 911 Calls from AT&T Cell Phones in Salt Lake City

SALT LAKE CITY—Salt Lake City Police Department has learned of a 911 routing error that appears to involve AT&T cell phone service plans in Salt Lake City proper.

911 calls made by some users of AT&T cell phones are being routed to Seattle Police Department. Salt Lake City and Seattle Police Departments have been in contact with AT&T, which is working diligently to correct the problem. The origination and extent of the problem is unknown at this time.

For safety reasons, Salt Lake City Police Department is asking that all AT&T cell phone customers who are within Salt Lake City limits call (801) 799-3000 in the case of an emergency.

Please do not call 911 if you are not experiencing an emergency.

Salt Lake City Police will issue another release when the problem is resolved.

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Tuesday, March 16, 2010

New Deputy Chiefs Formally Recognized

Salt Lake City Police Chief Chris Burbank formally recognized five new Deputy Chiefs during a ceremony at the City & County Building Monday, March 15, 2010.

Those promoted include Lee Dobrowolski, Deputy Chief of Administration; Jim Coleman, Deputy Chief of Communication & Records; Mike Brown, Deputy Chief of Fusion; Tim Doubt, Deputy Chief of Facilities Development; and Rick Findlay, Deputy Chief of Management Services

These five new leaders of public safety join fellow Deputy Chiefs Ken Pearce, Patrol; Scott Atkinson, Investigations; and Terry Fritz, Special Operations.

If you have questions for any Chief, please email slcpd@slcgov.com.

Photo by Det. Pat Wilkinson/SLCPD

Front, center: Salt Lake City Police Chief Chris Burbank

Back row, l-r: Ken Pearce; Scott Atkinson; Terry Fritz; Lee Dobrowolski.

Middle row, l-r: Jim Coleman; Mike Brown; Tim Doubt; Rick Findlay.

Sunday, March 14, 2010

SLCPD Promotes 5 to Deputy Chief

Tomorrow afternoon in the City Council Room of the City & County Building, Salt Lake City Police Chief Chris Burbank will conduct a promotion ceremony for those recently appointed to the rank of Deputy Chief.

“Significant changes have occurred in the command structure of the Police Department which will bring those individuals performing the work closer to those making leadership decisions,” said Burbank.

“These changes will dramatically improve police efficiency and response not only to the needs of the community but to the needs of employees,” he added. “Enhanced accountability for direct decision making will improve all processes throughout the organization.”

The Salt Lake City Police Department invites the public to meet these outstanding leaders in public safety.

WHO:
Chris Burbank, Chief of Police
Tim Doubt, Deputy Chief, Facilities Development
Lee Dobrowolski, Deputy Chief, Administration
Jim Coleman, Deputy Chief, Communication and Records
Mike Brown, Deputy Chief, Fusion
Rick Findlay, Deputy Chief, Management Services

WHAT:
Deputy Chief Promotion Ceremony

WHEN:
Monday, March 15, 2010
2 p.m.

WHERE:
City Council Room #315
City & County Building
451 S. State Street
Salt Lake City, UT 84114

Tuesday, March 9, 2010

SLCPD, Disney on Ice Treat Kids to 'Worlds of Fantasy'

The Salt City Police Department and Disney On Ice presents Worlds of Fantasy will treat children from Mountain View Elementary to a VIP luncheon tomorrow at Energy Solutions Arena.

Police Officers will talk about safety with the children, who will meet Mickey and Minnie Mouse during lunch. The children will also receive souvenirs of the event, plus two tickets to a night at Disney On Ice presents Worlds of Fantasy, March 10-14.

The Police Department invites reporters to cover the event.

WHO:
SLCPD & Disney On Ice presents Worlds of Fantasy

WHAT:
VIP lunch for schoolchildren

WHEN:
Wednesday, March 10, 2010
11:00 a.m.

WHERE:
Energy Solutions Arena VIP Room
Just off the ticket lobby
301 W. South Temple
Salt Lake City, UT 84101

MORE INFO:
Leslie Hart, Jack Hart Associates, (435) 467-0833
Lulubugllc@aol.com

In Memoriam: Officer Carl J. Carlson

The Salt Lake City Police Department remembers the loss of one its own: Officer Carl J. Carlson, killed in the line of duty March 9, 1929. Officer Carlson died from injuries he received during a liquor raid the previous day.

The 39-year-old victim and fellow officers raided 23 S. West Temple, where they located several barrels of mash. One of the 50-gallon barrels fell on Officer Carlson’s foot, causing him to jump back and strike his head against the wall.

Following treatment for the foot injury at the hospital, Officer Carlson attended a wrestling exhibition. There he was found semi-conscious, clinging to a lamppost. Taken to the hospital, he died the following morning of a basal skull fracture.

Officer Carlson was married and the father of six children. He is buried at Wasatch Lawn Memorial Park.

If you have memories or photos of Officer Carlson to share, please email policehistory@slcgov.com or call (801) 799- 3340. To learn more about our Fallen Officers, click here.

The Police Department wishes to thank the Utah Law Enforcement Memorial for its assistance in this remembrance.

‘Little Mermaid’ Stolen from Peace Gardens



A 3-foot bronze replica of the world-famous Little Mermaid statue has been stolen from the International Peace Gardens at Jordan Park, 1000 S. 900 W., where it has resided since 1955.

On February 26, a Salt Lake City Parks Division employee reported the theft. She reported last seeing the 50–100 pound statue February 23.

A recent appraisal in preparation for park renovations estimated the value of the piece to be more than $28,000.

The Police Department asks anyone with information about this case to call (801) 799-3000. Callers may remain anonymous. Please reference case #10-34580.

Friday, March 5, 2010

Missing Woman Found Safe

Police no longer seek person of interest

Salt Lake City Police Officers found 34-year-old Veronique Moses at 11 this morning.

Earlier today police received a call from an alarm company that maintains a panic alarm at the woman’s home. Through a two-way speaker, an alarm company dispatcher reported that a man and woman could be heard arguing. The female voice asked for police, according to the alarm company.

The alarm company then contacted the Police Department at 2:30 this morning. Responding police officers found no sign of the woman or her car, although her purse was still in the house. Other suspicious characteristics at the scene included a ladder leaning against an open window and the alarm box ripped from the wall.

As a result, the Police Department issued an Endangered Person Advisory and sought a person of interest. Officers have since made contact with Stephen E. Carnegie, an acquaintance. Investigators have determined that he was not involved in this case.

Police Seek Missing Woman, Issue Endangered Person Advisory

The Salt City Police Department has issued an Endangered Person Advisory for 34-year-old Veronique Moses (above), last seen at 2415 S. 800 E., early this morning.

A panic alarm was tripped at the home. Through its two-way talk feature, an alarm company dispatcher said it could hear a man and woman arguing and a definite call for police from the woman.

The Police Department was contacted at 2:30 this morning. Responding police officers found no sign of the woman or her car, although her purse was still in the house.
As a result, the Police Department has issued an endangered person advisory for Moses, who 5 feet 4 inches tall, 130 lbs., with hazel eyes and dark brown hair. Her car is a blue Acura MDX, Utah license plate #A322MZ.

The Salt Lake City Police Department asks anyone who knows the whereabouts of Moses to call (801) 799-3000. Callers may remain anonymous.

Thursday, March 4, 2010

Surveillance Photos from Bank Robbery Released to Public
















The Salt Lake City Police Department today released photos of the suspect in a bank robbery in hopes that the public can identify the man.

On Wednesday, March 3, 2010, at approximately 2 p.m., a male white adult, 30 to 40 years old, entered the First National Bank at 480 E. 400 S. and robbed it. The suspect was seen entering the premises from the west end of the block and may have walked through several parking lots on his way to and from the bank.

The bank’s surveillance system captured images of the suspect, who is a male white adult, 6 feet tall and 175 pounds, and wearing dark clothing, a black beanie and black sunglasses.

Detectives are asking anyone with information about this suspect to contact the Salt Lake City Police Department at (801) 799-3000. Callers may remain anonymous. Call (801) 799-INFO (4636) and the police will assign you a confidential number. You may also send e-mail to tipsforcash@slcgov.com. Please reference case #10-37816.

Monday, February 22, 2010

Police Service Dogs to Deliver Cruise 'Wish' to Sandy Boy

The Salt City Police Department will join with the Make-A-Wish Foundation® of Utah tomorrow night to present a wish to Jon Bowen, a 12-year-old Sandy boy.

Bowen, who has long dreamed of becoming a police officer, is especially fond of police dogs. The dream of working in law enforcement has continued, despite a recent diagnosis of Wilms tumor, a cancer of the kidneys that typically occurs in children.

Upon his diagnosis, a social worker referred Jon to the Make-A-Wish Foundation, which told him they could make one wish come true. After talking about the many different wish possibilities, Jon declared a wish to go on a Disney cruise with his family.

That wish will come true tomorrow night during a K-9 demonstration at Pioneer Precinct when police service dogs deliver Jon’s Wish Proclamation.
Media outlets are invited to attend this special event.

WHO:
Jon Bowen, wish recipient
SLCPD K9 Unit
Make-A-Wish Foundation of Utah

WHAT:
Presentation of a wish

WHEN:
6 p.m. Tuesday, February 23, 2010

WHERE:
Rooms B&C
Pioneer Precinct
1040 W. 700 S.
Salt Lake City, Utah 84104

About the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Utah

The Make-A-Wish Foundation grants the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions to enrich the human experience with hope, strength and joy. With the help of generous donors and volunteers, the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Utah granted 160 wishes last year. Located in its facility in Murray, A Wishing Place, the Foundation offers a quality wish experience that includes a magical wish-making ceremony in the Wishing Tower, special wish tokens to throw in a wish fountain, and plenty of room for wish-granting celebrations. For more information about the Make-A-Wish Foundation, visit www.utah.wish.org.

Thursday, February 18, 2010

'Ask the Chiefs' Heads to Anderson-Foothill City Library Tonight @ 7

What does it take to be a police officer or a firefighter? How can residents get involved in making their neighborhoods safer? How might new laws affect Police and Fire Departments? When will the new Public Safety Building open? Police Chief Chris Burbank and Fire Chief Kurt Cook will answer those questions and more during tonight’s “Ask the Chiefs” event, this time at the City Library’s Anderson-Foothill branch, 1135 South 2100 East.

The informal Q&A session starts at 7 p.m. Attendees should note that Salt Lake City Television Channel 17 videotapes each session for broadcast at a later date.

The final evening in the Ask the Chiefs series will be held next Thursday, February 25, at the Main City Library, 210 East 400 South, in Conference Rooms B&C.

The public is welcome to email questions in advance to askthechiefs@slcgov.com.

Thursday, February 11, 2010

Car Vandalism Hits Avenues, Police Seek Info on Suspects

The Salt City Police Department is asking the public for information leading to the arrest or identity of individuals involved in as many as 50 cases of car vandalism in the Avenues neighborhood.

All of the cases occurred between Saturday night and Sunday morning, February 6-7, 2010, and involved shattered vehicle windows. While most victims did not report suspects or witnesses, one victim saw a red Nissan, possibly a Maxima, drive slowly past the scene of damaged vehicles. Whether that car is involved is still under investigation.

Investigators also ask that residents of the area report any unusual activity.

Anyone with information about this rash of vandalism is asked to contact the Salt Lake City Police Department at (801) 799-3000. Callers may remain anonymous. Please reference case# 10-22978.

Officers Plan ‘Monster Jam’ Field Trip for Road Home Kids

The Salt Lake City Police Department, in conjunction with Feld Entertainment, will be escorting children from The Road Home to a Monster Jam® truck rally Friday night.

In addition to watching the likes of Gravedigger, Monster Mutt and Bounty Hunter mix it up on the dirt track, the children will meet drivers from the show and enjoy a pre-rally Little Caesars pizza party in the VIP room at Energy Solutions Arena.

Officers began holding monthly activities for children whose families are living at The Road Home as a way to build positive relationships with at-risk youth. Since early 2009, they have arranged trips to the zoo, the Circus, Disney On Ice events, even a night at the movies.

Monster Jam® is the world’s premier monster truck series, with more than 4 million fans attending events at the world’s most prominent arenas and stadiums. Monster Jam® shows consist of three main elements – the pit party, side-by-side racing and freestyle.

Reporters are invited to cover the pizza party with the kids. Call Leslie Hart, (435) 467-0833, for admittance instructions.


WHO:
SLCPD Officers
Kids from The Road Home
Feld Entertainment

WHAT:
Monster Jam® pizza party

WHEN:
Friday, February 12, 2010
6:00–6:45 PM

WHERE:
Energy Solutions Arena VIP Room
Just off the ticket lobby
301 W. South Temple
Salt Lake City, UT 84101

Ask the Chiefs Tonight @ Sweet Library

Salt Lake City Police Chief Chris Burbank and Fire Chief Kurt Cook invite those who live or work in the city to talk with them about public safety issues tonight during another “Ask the Chiefs” event, this time at the City Library’s Sweet branch, 455 F Street (9th Avenue).

The informal Q&A session starts at 7 p.m. with a short presentation from Chiefs Burbank and Cook regarding public safety issues in the city, with the majority of the time given to questions from those in attendance. Attendees should note that Salt Lake City Television Channel 17 videotapes each session for broadcast at a later date.

Future Ask the Chiefs sessions will be held at the following City Library branches:

Feb. 18: Anderson-Foothill, 1135 South 2100 East
Feb. 25: Main Library, Conference Rooms B&C, 210 East 400 South

The public is welcome to email questions in advance to askthechiefs@slcgov.com.

In Memoriam: Detective Green B. Hamby


Killed in the line of duty 89 years ago this week

The Salt Lake City Police Department remembers the loss of one its own: Detective Green B. Hamby, killed in the line of duty February 8, 1921.


Detective Hamby died after being shot by a burglary suspect. Acting on information obtained from three men arrested for an assault on another officer, Detective Hamby and other officers went to the Nord Hotel at 59 East 200 South. While attempting to gain access to a room where the men had been staying, Detective Hamby was shot in the head by a fourth suspect hiding inside. The suspect was killed by return fire from the other officers.

The 49-year-old victim was married and had three children, including a grown son who was also an officer with the Police Department. Detective Hamby is buried in Salt Lake City Cemetery.

If you have memories or photos of Detective Hamby to share, please email policehistory@slcgov.com or call (801) 799-3340. To learn more about our Fallen Officers, please visit http://www.slcpd.com/. Click on “Honoring Our Own.”

The Police Department wishes to thank the Utah Law Enforcement Memorial for its assistance in this remembrance.