The following column is from The News Guard's A Heartfelt Salute to our Local Heroes, published on April 3, 2019, in recognition of local first responders.
The impact of a law enforcement agency upon the livability of a community is huge. We are fortunate to live in the Pacific Northwest, where our citizens have placed the highest expectations on the men and women that have chosen to serve in these demanding roles. The people of Lincoln City have no less expectation of the Lincoln City Police Department.
The last twelve of my forty years as a law enforcement professional have been proudly spent serving side by side with the amazing men and women of LCPD. Throughout my career I have had the opportunity to work closely with the highest quality police officers and 911 dispatchers around our state and nation. I am very proud to be able to unequivocally say that LCPD personnel are among the very best.
LCPD’s success is built upon an outstanding relationship with our community. That relationship is part of our mission statement, our values, and goals. Community support has helped us build a high quality, well-trained department. This in turn has helped us build a reputation for excellence that has brought us talented entry level and veteran lateral employees from all over the country. They want to be a part of and help build upon the success of our great agency and community.
Lincoln City has its own 911 Dispatch Center. Our dispatchers are the faceless, unsung heroes who are the voice of calm in the chaos. They take great pride in their responsibility for the safety of our citizens and of our emergency responders. Our administrative staff manages everything from report and records to taxi permits and evidence processing.
Our sworn officers handle every call from noise complaints, to homicides, to traffic enforcement, to child abuse, and they do these things very well. Each day they live up to our creed of “Do the Right Thing, Do It Right, Be the Best.”
As important as their daily tasks are, they are all equally committed to being a great part of our community. They have enthusiastically embraced being involved so the public can see us and our profession as more than just a badge, gun or police car. They are out in our community coaching sports, helping neighbors, living, shopping and raising families. They are the team that has developed our newest community programs, including the LCPD Citizens Academy, Women’s Self Defense, LCPD Youth Summer Camp, DARE, Blue Christmas and Bicycle Safety to name a few. Don’t be surprised if they just stop to say hello at your businesses or when just encountering you while they are out and about. This team is all about taking care of our community.
We are on the cusp of bringing our law enforcement services into the 21st century with a new state of the art building and 911 dispatch center this year. LCPD is grateful for the support of our community. We work very hard every day to earn and deserve that trust.
In the coming weeks the nation will celebrate National Public Safety Telecommunicators Week and National Police Week. I hope you will join us as we celebrate these remarkable people who willingly sacrifice so much to make our community safe and livable for all.
Jerry Palmer is the Lincoln City Police Chief. He may be reached at 541-994-3636.