Logan Mayor Craig Petersen and Logan Police Chief Gary Jensen have one important goal in common: both want a friendly relationship between the city and the police department.
On <a href=”http://610kvnu.com/assets/podcaster/324/2014_08_29_324_25446_2867.mp3″ target=”_blank”>KVNU’s For the People program Thursday</a>, the mayor said that was a top priority for him when he first took office and although the relationships were all right then he feels they are improving.
“For an example, we have a series of neighborhood meetings that we do twice a year,” Petersen explained. “Gary has decided that at each one of those meetings there should be a police officer there, for a couple of reasons.
“One is to respond to issues the neighbors might have but also just to create a familiar presence. In fact, he has a person assigned to each neighborhood. The notion is that the more that the citizenry are acquainted with the police the better the relationship is.”
Chief Jensen said it is impossible for a police department to please everyone in a community. He also said it helps when there is a low crime rate and a feeling of trust unlike some places like Ferguson, Missouri.
Petersen also confirmed during the program that it is his intent to keep Jensen as Logan City’s Chief of Police during his tenure as mayor. Jensen had become a finalist for a similar position in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho in recent months but has chosen to remain in Logan.