Gary Jensen, a veteran of 22 years in law enforcement, is the new Logan Chief of Police. Mayor Randy Watts made the announcement Wednesday morning. Jensen leaves the same job in Vernal where he took over as chief in 2005. “I have some roots to Cache Valley and the Logan area,” he said Wednesday. “My father (Larry) retired as superintendent of schools in Cache County.” His resume includes stops with the Box Elder County Sheriff’s office, the Centerville and Farmington City police forces, and almost 14 years with the Davis County Sheriff’s department before he went to Vernal. Mayor Watts said it is Jensen’s background that qualified him for the Logan City job. “It’s the years he’s spent in law enforcement but also his education,” said the Mayor. “He earned a master’s degree in criminal law and he’s also a paramedic. That ties in very well with what the safety functions are with fire and police departments and it will help build a stronger bond between the fire and police in the future.” Jensen said his philosophy of law enforcement is drawn from his experience in all of the places he’s worked. “We as a police department are not going to solve any one problem by ourselves. We have to have, as a philosophy, the community as our partner as we attempt to serve and solve crime here.” He says he is sensitive to the feelings of those now on the Logan force when a new chief is hired from outside. “It’s frightening anytime a department goes outside their own ranks to fill a position like this because the employees fear the unknown,” he said. “They need to know that I will be responsible to the needs and the issues that we will face in Logan City. They need to know I will take time to carefully consider before changes are made.” He comes into his new job already aware of Logan’s standing as the safest city in America. “That is not without the benefit of the citizens being a part of the police department, and the police going out and doing their job,” he said. “I’ve looked at the crime reports and see that Logan City has issues like any other place. We’ll look at those individually and track and measure them as we look for successful law enforcement in those areas.” Gary and his wife Michelle Jones Jensen are parents of five children.
<a>Gary Jensen background information from Logan City</a>
<em>Gary was born in Salt Lake City, Utah, where he spent his early years of childhood before moving to Afton Wyoming. He spent four years in Afton through his Jr. High and sophomore year at Star Valley High School. His family moved to Farmington, Utah, in his junior year of high school. He attended and graduated from Davis High School. Following high school, Gary served a mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints in the Hawaiian Islands. Gary attended Weber State University, where he earned his paramedic certificate and Associate Degree in Emergency Care and Rescue. Gary continued his formal education earning a Bachelor degree in Criminal Justice in 1995, followed by a Masters Degree in Criminal Justice in 2005 at Weber State University. He attended Peace Officer Standards and Training in 1986 earning his basic peace officer certification. He began his law enforcement career as a Deputy Sheriff for Box Elder County Sheriff’s Office. He worked for Centerville City Police Department for one year, Farmington City Police department for three and a half years, and spent nearly thirteen and a half years with Davis County Sheriff’s Office in a dual role as a Deputy Sheriff/Paramedic. While working for Davis County, he served six years with the Davis County SWAT and Paramedic Tactical Rescue Unit (PTRU), was a firearms instructor, and completed a three year full-time assignment to the Davis Metro Narcotic Task Force as a detective and assistant supervisor. Gary was promoted to the rank of Sergeant in 2003 where his supervised a crew of 10 Deputy Sheriff/Paramedics. As is typical for many police officers, Gary spent nearly 10 years working a part-time job as a Flight Paramedic for the University of Utah Hospital on AirMed. In 2005, Gary was hired and appointed Chief of Police for the Vernal City Police Department. He has been the administrator of the 22 officer department, administrating agency for the Uintah Basin Drug Task Force, and the Vernal area Victim Advocate group. Gary is a member of and past President of the Uintah Basin Law Enforcement Administrators Association. He has served for four years and currently serves as a member of the board for the Utah Chiefs of Police association. Gary is married to Michelle Jones Jensen, and is the father of five children. Jared (20) serving a mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints in Cape Town, South Africa, Jordan (16) a junior at Uintah High School, Josh (14) an 8th grader at Vernal Junior High School, Bailey (10) a fourth grader at Maeser Elementary, and Jayce (5) in kindergarten at Maeser Elementary. Gary’s interests include camping, fishing, hunting, woodworking, and has acted as general contractor in building his last several homes. Gary looks forward to leading Logan Police department, partnering with the community, and serving the citizens of Logan in the pursuit of a safe community and law enforcement excellence!</em>