Retiring jail commander never gives up

He’s often been called a “people person” and recently-retired Cache County Sheriffs Captain and Jail Commander Kim Cheshire says it’s the people he’ll miss after after a 30-year career. It was a career that involved almost every part of law enforcement: patrol, investigations, school resource, and Jail Commander for the last eight years.On KVNU’s Crosstalk show, Cheshire had one word for each phase of that career: “fantastic.” Before being the commander of the Cache County Jail, Cheshire was a school resource officer for six years, being named the DARE Officer of the Year in 1993.Cheshire says it’s a fantastic program because it tells children just what will happen. “If they know that somebody’s going to come up and offer them a drug,” Cheshire said, “if they know that they can say no, if they know that they have the choice to say no and combat peer pressure it’s a big advantage.” He said the program also greatly assists law enforcement. “It’s an advantage for law enforcement for them to be in the schools and getting this relationship with the children to know that we’re human and we eat lunch, and we’re like anyone else.”Cheshire says people most often end up in jail because of something related to drugs. Cheshire says a lot of inmates leaving jail proclaim that they are never coming back yet many return, time after time. Cheshire never gives up on people and he says some of the inmates eventually do turn their lives around”Sometimes it just takes people longer and sometimes people don’t change,” Cheshire said. “But you find out that there is always those that are changing. “The most remarkable part about it is those that have everything against them and yet they still turn out well and they come like a phoenix out of the ashes and do the right thing.”He says that’s the fun part of the job. He was president of the Utah Jail Commanders Association from 2007 until recently. Cheshire is moving on to another phase of law enforcement. He has formed his own consulting company which evaluates jails in both Utah and Arizona.

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