The Lincoln City Police Department (LCPD) and the City of Lincoln City recently honored Sgt. Oscar Escalante for 20 years of service in the community.
Escalante joined LCPD in May of 1999 and became the School Resource Officer (SRO) in 2000.
He served as SRO for 17 years, along with being a certified instructor for DARE, Standard Field Sobriety Tests (SFST), Advanced Roadside Impaired Driving Enforcement (ARIDE), the Intoxilyzer 8000, Drug Impaired Training Educational Professionals (DITEP) and Drug Recognition Expert (DRE) training. In 2017, he was promoted to sergeant and continues to instruct SFST training and serve as a DRE for Lincoln County.
At the May 13 city council meeting, Escalante received a certificate of appreciation for his time with the LCPD.
“It's been a fun ride and I've enjoyed myself,” Escalante said. “I guess that's the biggest thing is enjoying what you're doing and we have to find ways to do that obviously in this profession.”
Chief of Police, Jerry Palmer said he has had the pleasure of working with his entire time in Lincoln County, spanning over 30 years.
“The city of Lincoln City is well served by a dedicated man of valor that has done amazing things in his career, and not the least of which was the decade or so that he spent in our schools with our youth as our SRO,” Palmer said. “We took him out of there and made him one of our supervisors and that's been one of the best decisions that we've made since I've been here.”
Throughout his years in law enforcement, Escalante has received many awards and accolades, including the Top Shooter Award in his Basic Police Class #154, Life Saving awards from both North Lincoln Fire & Rescue and the LCPD, Law Enforcement Officer of the Year from the Lincoln City Community Days Committee and Officer of the Year from the LCPD two separate times.
However, Escalante has said his proudest achievement by far was receiving the Senior Trooper Maria Mignano Dedication to Duty Award, which is a statewide recognition presented to a sworn law enforcement officer who exemplifies behavior, dedication and professionalism in all aspects of impaired driving detection, apprehension and prosecution.
“His team loves him, the citizens of our community love him and it gives me great pleasure to give him this recognition,” Palmer said. “It’s well deserved.”
Escalante was very complementary of Palmer, stating that the LCPD is a great department and will be for years to come because of the standard the Chief has set.
“There's a bar that's been set by the chief and one thing I know is that whatever bar a person, supervisor or boss sets they'll meet - and the chief has set a high bar,” Escalante said. “As a result, everybody in this department has stepped up.
“I was telling him the other day how I wish I had about 10 or 15 more years, because I'm pretty excited to see the direction of our department.”
Escalante also spoke of his time working with the youth in the county, and how he’s seen students aspire to find a career in law enforcement because of his influence.
“It’s really nice to see that somehow I influenced them to make the choice to take on this lifestyle as a career,” Escalante said.