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New police officer to take oath of office Tuesday

Mayor Bill King to swear in Dale Willcox as a new officer of the Sandy PD

Mayor Bill King and City Councilors will bear witness to the swearing in of a new police officer at the City Council meeting on Tuesday, Jan. 20.

Dale Willcox will recite the police officer’s oath of office at the regular meeting.

The City Council meeting was pushed back a day because Monday is a holiday – Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

Willcox was hired to fill an empty position that was vacated several months ago, said Sandy Police Chief Kim Yamashita in an email.

Although this is his first full-time law enforcement job, Willcox has been working as a reserve officer for the communities of Sandy and Estacada for more than a year.

“He scored almost 100 percent on testing and was number two on our hiring list that was established in late 2013, early 2014,” Yamashita said.

She added that Willcox will mostly be working on training and administration tasks until he attends the police academy in March.

With Willcox joining the Sandy Police force, the department is one step closer to Yamashita’s eventual goal of increasing coverage in the communities by hiring more officers.

“It may surprise many folks that we have times in both cities when there is only one officer on duty,” Yamashita said. “My next priority is to increase staffing and work toward a minimum of two officers on 24/7 in Sandy and work with Estacada to increase their coverage as their budget will allow.”

In addition, Yamashita said that the city of Estacada and its school district have expressed interest in adding a school resource officer.

“We will hold some talks and see what we can do to meet that need,” Yamashita said. “If it comes to fruition it will require we hire another officer.”

Yamashita added that although Willcox’s hire was caused by the need to fill a current authorized position, she does have concerns about future workload among Sandy Police Department’s current team. With the passage of Measure 91 and the impending legalization of recreational marijuana, Yamashita has discussed the need for more trained police officers.

“It is clear from Colorado and Washington, that the legalization does not decrease police workload, it only changes the work,” she said. “Both states are dealing with money laundering, black market and other crimes as a result of the legalization.”


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