After 34 years Dave Bennett is retiring from the Cache County Sheriff’s Office having achieved the rank of Chief Deputy. “A lot of things came together for this to happen,” he said. “The economy, the retirement system, my daughter and my grandkids living in St. George. There are a lot of factors involved in the decision at this time.” As chief deputy he is responsible for the day-to-day functions of the Sheriff’s Office. In more than three decades he has held several different titles. “When I was involved in investigating crimes against children, working with kids, that was really rewarding. Seeing the bad guys who had hurt kids go to jail, that was always rewarding for me. But, really, every assignment I’ve had, I’ve loved to do.” What about the changes in the office over more than 30 years? “Cell phones, computers in the car. A lot of things have changed. We do everything now electronically. We write tickets electronically. All the deputies in the cars have computers to run all the license checks. All that was pretty much non-existent when I started. “The Sheriff’s Office has grown, when we built the new jail facility. That more than doubled our employees.” Bennett said crime trends have changed during his time in the office. “We have been designated one of the better metropolitan areas as far as crime goes, one of the safest areas. We still have our problems. It seems like the things that are happening nowadays are a little bit more violent, with the gangs, with drugs, things like that. We didn’t see a lot of that when I first started.” After growing up in southern California, he moved to northern Utah and got involved in search and rescue work. “Back then when I first started it was more of a reserve type of position. We went through the training for reserves, for category two police officers. It was a real big interest of mine for a long time.”
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