December 6-8, 2019
Being a police officer isn’t all sunshine and roses. While it is a cool job and comes with some great benefits, there are some negatives. Shift work is right there at the top. A twelve hour shift is tough, but a twelve hours shift in the middle of the night when all normal humans are asleep is really tough. You get used to it though. It helps to stay busy. Another negative? Remember all that cool stuff they give you? The body armor, guns, etc.? You get to carry that everywhere you go…all 30 pounds of it, all day every day. You’ll be begging someone for a foot massage at the end of the day. Other negatives? People. People can be a challenge for a variety of reasons, usually because they are under the influence of some mind altering substance. They can be even more frustrating when they’re not, because there is no explanation for their difficult behavior. It’s all good though. As bad as they can be, there are great people out there too and you can always rely on your brother and sister officers to have your back.
On to the blotter! Here is what we did over the weekend
19120500: On December 6, 2019, at about 5:31 p.m., Officer Mattson responded to a report of a collision Hit & Run. The collision was believed to have happened the day prior in the Pearl Street Market parking lot. Officer Mattson took some measurements and photos, but so far hasn’t developed any other evidence that would help him solve this crime. If you know anything, give him a call.
19120511: On December 6, 2019, at about 6:53 p.m., Officer Proctor responded to a report of a dog bite. Medical facilities are required to call the police department whenever there is a dog bite, which is what happened in this case. The woman told Officer Proctor that she was walking in an apartment complex when a man walking his dog on-leash approached her from the other direction. She was somehow surprised by the dog as was the dog by her and it bit out of fear. There was no history of the dog doing anything similar. Officer Proctor checked the rabies vaccinations to make sure they were current and wrote the 36 year old Jackson man a ticket for his dog having bit someone. Is that necessary? Yes. We want to ensure the victim is fairly compensated for their injuries and the prosecutor can ensure this gets done.
19120538: On December 7, 2019, at about 12:30 a.m., Officer Proctor was dispatched to a report of Indecent Exposure. He responded and spoke with the manager of the hotel where this occurred. Officer Proctor learned that a guest of the hotel had exposed himself to one of the employees. You might be thinking this could just be an innocent misunderstanding. Not in this case. That man apparently entered the lobby and masturbated in front of the employee. The employee didn’t appreciate this and notified their manager. The incident was caught on camera and Officer Proctor is working to gather the information he needs to contact the man and issue a citation or write a warrant.
19120540: On December 7, 2019, at about 12:40 a.m., Officer C. Smith stopped a vehicle for running the traffic light at Broadway/Cache. See, there is a cop around when you need one. When he contacted the driver, he could smell the odor of marijuana, even without the use of his K-9 partner. The driver denied having any in the car, but who are we kidding. Not Officer C. Smith for sure. He brought out his K-9, Sully, searched the car and locating the marijuana the driver said she didn’t have. Officer C. Smith is a reasonable guy, though, so he wrote the 26 year old Jackson woman a citation for the marijuana instead of taking her to jail. Oh, and her license was suspended. Yup, she got a ticket for that too.
19120552: On December 7, 2019 at about 8:35 a.m., Officer RO White responded to another Collision Hit & Run report. She is getting pretty good at these with all the practice she is getting. In this case, she located a witness to the collision, but wasn’t able to get ahold of the suspect during the day. Police work is a team sport though, so she asked Officer Proctor to help her out. He was able to contact the suspect, positively match his vehicle to the collision and write him a ticket for leaving the scene of the collision. Nice work officers. The victim appreciates your work.
19120626: On December 7, 2019, at about 11:04 p.m., Officer C. Smith responded to a report of an Auto Burglary in the Snow King Resort parking lot. The victim reported someone had taken a blue Patagonia bag full of ski equipment from his unlocked vehicle. He had about $1,000 worth of ski equipment in that bag. That’s all the information Officer C. Smith has to go on right now. If you know anything, please give him a call. Our message to the rest of Jackson is to please lock your doors. Yes, Jackson is a safe place, but that doesn’t mean things don’t get stolen.
19120628: On December 8, 2019, at about 12:15 a.m., multiple JPD officers responded to assist Teton County Deputies with a Domestic Violence call. The incident happened along the highway and the involved parties were in a vehicle, making it more of a challenge to chase them down. We have our brother officer’s backs and located the vehicle, stopped the vehicle and held them until deputies could arrive to investigate. We even used our K-9, Sully, to help them locate some drugs. Like we said earlier, police work is a team sport.
19120631: On December 8, 2019, at about 1:53 a.m., Officer Proctor stopped a vehicle for not using their turn signal. It seems minor, we know, but giving the drivers around you some warning about where you are going is important. In this case, when Officer Proctor contacted the driver, he also smelled the odor of an alcoholic beverage, beer and whisky to be exact. He administered some field sobriety testing on the driver, determined he was over the legal limit and arrested him for DUI. Take a cab next time. If you feel buzzed or you’re not sure, don’t drive. No one wants to share the road with you if you’re intoxicated.
19120678: On December 8, 20q9, at about 9:31 p.m., Sgt. Kellams responded to the lobby of the jail for a person who believed they had warrants for their arrest and wanted to turn themselves in. Good call on this man’s part. He was apparently out of state when the warrants were issued and wanted to get things cleared up. This is a much better option that being arrested on a traffic stop, your house in front of friends or family, of from work in front of your boss.
That’s it for the weekend, Jackson!