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Unified Police Department News

Outstanding Vocational Law Enforcement Student of the Year and Footprinter’s Law Enforcement Officer of the Year Banquet

Each year the Footprinter’s Association (a service organization made up of law enforcement officials and community leaders) sponsors a banquet honoring the most outstanding law enforcement students in nine area high schools of the Jordan, Canyons and Granite Schools Districts. Law Enforcement service for these schools is provided by the Unified Police Department. These students are recognized for their outstanding academic accomplishments and their desire to pursue law enforcement as a career path. Sheriff James M. Winder will present each student with a plaque of achievement and address the audience. Students, parents, Unified Police and school district officials will be in attendance.

The Salt Lake Footprinter’s Chapter 3 will also present an award to the Law Enforcement Officer of the Year chosen by their organization. The Unified Police School Resource Program (formerly the Sheriff’s Assisting Youth Unit) began in September of 1975 and has become a valuable and integral part of the Unified Police Department’s crime prevention efforts. The SRO’s are assigned to Cyprus, Kearns, Olympus, Skyline, Taylorsville, Hillcrest, Riverton, Herriman and Providence Hall High Schools.. The officers teach vocational law enforcement/criminal justice classes in the high schools and serve as a valuable resource to the students and staff. They also handle criminal investigations in their respective schools. The SRO has become a respected member of each high school faculty and developed a rapport with the students from elementary school through high school.

Deaf Smith Canyon Skeletal Remains Identified

Salt Lake County, UT - The Unified Police Department (UPD) has been working closely with the Office of the Medical Examiner (OME) in identifying skeletal remains found March 19, 2017 in Deaf Smith Canyon. Based on dental record comparisons, the skeletal remains have been identified as Kellie Josephson, of Murray, UT. At the time of her disappearance, Josephson was 55 years old. She was reported missing to the Murray Police Department, June 2015.

At the scene of the remains, UPD investigators recovered a syringe and three bottles of insulin; 2 full and one empty. An official cause of death is still under investigation.

Unified Police Kearns Precinct Arrests Armed Robbery Suspect

Kearns, UT – On April 19, 2017 at 4:15 am, Unified Police Department (UPD) Kearns Precinct officers were dispatched on an armed robbery in progress at the 7-11, 4637 W 5415 S. The clerk (caller) described the suspect as a male wearing dark clothing and a bandana over his face. He was armed with a gun and had held it to the clerk’s head. The clerk was able to retreat and lock herself inside a back room. She did not know if the suspect was still in the store.

As officers were responding to the store, a Kearns officer spotted a male matching the description. He was walking on the sidewalk near Kearns High School on Cougar Blvd. When the officer turned on his spotlight to get a better view, the suspect fled on foot. Other officers responded to the area and found him again, this time on Silvertip Dr. The suspect then gave up and complied with officers commands.

Alexander Garcia (age 18) of Kearns, was taken by UPD detectives for questioning and later booked into the Salt Lake County Jail on charges of aggravated robbery and fleeing.

Unified Police and Salt Lake City Police Arrest Bank Robbery Suspect

Taylorsville, UT – Working from a tip given to the Salt Lake City Police Department (SLCPD), the Unified Police Department (UPD) arrested Nannette Louise Perkins on suspicion of six bank robberies in the Salt Lake Valley. Perkins was arrested in her home in Taylorsville, UT. She is suspected of robbing banks in West Valley City, Salt Lake City, Holladay, and Sandy.

Perkins is being held in the Salt Lake County Jail on several counts of second degree felony robbery. This case is still being investigated by the joint members of the FBI Violent Crimes Task Force. The task force is a partnership of agents from the FBI and detectives from state/local agencies.

Midvale Shooting: Calaveras Apartments

Midvale, UT – At approximately 2:15 am, officers from the Unified Police Department (UPD) Midvale Precinct responded to the Calaveras Apartments after one of the officers heard a gunshot, then multiple gunshots in succession. Officers surrounded the building and apartment they believed it came from. Occupants of the suspect apartment complied with commands and exited the apartment. Four people were taken into custody: two adults and two juveniles. Two of the suspects are documented gang members.

Officers believe there was a party inside of apartment #7. Sometime during the party, shots were fired. One bullet travelled through a wall, into a neighboring apartment #8, striking a 31-year-old female in the tip of her finger, just missing her head. She was asleep on the couch. There was another adult and two children inside the apartment at the time of the shooting. The victim was transported to Intermountain Medical Center in fair condition.

Detectives from UPD Violent Crimes Unit and Forensics Unit are investigating the shooting. The suspects in custody are not cooperating with police and all have been booked into jail or juvenile detention. Detectives have not yet recovered a weapon and are still investigating the cause of the shooting.

Martin MacNeill: Preliminary Investigation Findings

Draper, UT - The Unified Police Department (UPD) and the Utah Department of Corrections (UDC) continue to investigate the death of Utah State Prison Inmate Martin MacNeill. Tuesday, the agencies confirmed the preliminary investigation shows no signs of foul play and the case is being investigated as a suicide.

MacNeill was found Sunday at 11:23 a.m. in the outdoor yard of the Olympus Facility at Utah State Prison near the greenhouse. Correctional Officers began CPR and called for emergency response. MacNeill was unable to be revived and was pronounced dead at 11:50 a.m.

The Office of the Medical Examiner (OME) will determine an official cause of death, which will likely take 10-12 weeks. Until that time, the case will remain an open and active investigation. Because of this investigation status, no further details are available at this time.

Sheriff Winder Submits Plan to the Pioneer Park Coalition and Downtown Alliance

Salt Lake County, UT – Salt Lake County Sheriff Jim Winder recently submitted an action plan to the Pioneer Park Coalition and the Downtown Alliance. This plan, which was under development for nearly two years, is intended to help restore the downtown area and provide services to the homeless population of Salt Lake County.

Sheriff Winder will clarify the points of his plan and answer any questions in a media conference scheduled for March 30, 2017 at the Unified Police Department / Sheriff’s Office Building at 9:00 am.

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