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.

Law enforcement officers
Special Olympics athletes

Law Enforcement Torch Run Final Leg Ceremony


Wednesday, May 26, 2010
8 a.m.

Front Steps of the State Capitol
350 N. State Street

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.

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.