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.

Jon Bowen, wish recipient
Make-A-Wish Foundation of Utah

Presentation of a wish

6 p.m. Tuesday, February 23, 2010

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

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

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.

SLCPD Officers
Kids from The Road Home
Feld Entertainment

Monster Jam® pizza party

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

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

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 or call (801) 799-3340. To learn more about our Fallen Officers, please visit Click on “Honoring Our Own.”

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

Monday, February 1, 2010

SLCPD Bomb Squad to Demonstrate Dangers of Dry Ice, Chemical Bombs

The Salt City Police Department’s Bomb Squad will demonstrate the dangers of homemade dry ice and chemical bombs tomorrow afternoon.

Recently, officers arrested five young adults for detonation of similar incendiary devices on the football field at West High School. The Police Department seeks to highlight the dangers of such activity, which is a third-degree felony.

WHO: SLCPD Bomb Squad

WHAT: Explosives demonstration for reporters

WHEN: Tuesday, February 2, 2010, @ 3:00 p.m.

WHERE: Airport Training Facility, 3950 W. 2200 N., Salt Lake City, Utah 84116