Friday, May 31, 2013

Perseverance Pays Off For Shawnee PD, And the Community

On Tuesday night I just had to address the city council and get it on the record what a tremendous job the PD has done in the Gerry Grovenburg murder case.

Tenacity and perseverance pays off.  One individual is now incarcerated pending trial and the info is out there on his accomplice.

Most people are under false impressions of how police departments solve crimes.  We see on TV that a detective gets some evidence with his/her morning coffee and then by his/her lunch has the lab, DNA, ballistics, medical examiner's, toxicology reports etc. all finalized.

It doesn't work that way.  Those reports take time It takes hard work, and an ability to connect the dots.  Leads must be continuously followed up and double checked.  When the PD presents the info to the DA for prosecution they have to be able to back up their conclusions.

Some cases are harder to solve than others.  This was one of them. But, the men and women of our PD never gave up.  We have a great department.

The next time you see one of our local cops, give 'em a thumbs up.  Let 'em know you appreciate them.

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