Utah League of Cities and Towns

Making Life BETTER

Beyond the Badge

KSL’s Beyond the Badge recognizes the good work that Utah’s public safety officers do every day to make each of our lives better. Listen to Utah’s Morning News weekdays starting in May as Amanda Dickson highlights the everyday heroes who work tirelessly to keep us safe.  Beyond the Badge is made possible by the Larry H. & Gail Miller Family Foundation.

Featured officers come from state, county, and municipal law enforcement agencies and must be POST certified. Officers are nominated by their respective police chiefs, sheriffs and supervisors, and those featured are selected by a committee composed of representatives from KSL, the Lieutenant Governor and the ULCT.  If you are an elected official, or a public safety officer in a supervisory role, please submit your nominees here.

The League has partnered with KSL, the Utah Association of Counties, and the Utah Lieutenant Governor to help execute the program.


Trevor Swenson, Clearfield City Police Department – January 2, 2017

  • Officer Swenson recognized a male’s dire circumstances and with the help of the store clerk, purchased a pizza, potato chips, and a hot beverage for the male.

Devin Lauritzen, Iron County – December 26, 2016

  • Devin’s position is unique in that he is the only paramedic certified Deputy Sheriff. Being the Sheriff of a large, rural county covering 3301 sq. miles, he is often the first responder on a scene where urgent medical care is required.

Mike Bleak, Cedar City Police Department – December 19, 2016

  • Detective Bleak has become an expert in the choking game, which threatens the lives of our youth. This practice has taken the lives of many youth throughout the country.

Devon Krebs, Mapleton City Police Department – December 12, 2016

  • Officer Krebs comes to work with a smile on his face every day.

Rolynn Snow, Centerville Police Department – December, 5, 2016

  • In June of 2015 Officer Snow stopped on a lady who was changing her tire on-top of Parrish Lane overpass to see if he could help.

Jerry Silva, South Salt Lake Police Department – November 28, 2016

  • Jerry Silvia’s years of service in SSL reflect his deep beliefs in community policing. He is an integral part of our community and our city is a better place because of him.

Aaron Nelson, Washington Terrace – November 21, 2016

  • Deputy Nelson responded to a call of a boy hit by a car while riding his bike. He ended up buying the boy a new bike and helmet using his own money.

Craig Martinez, Orem City Police Department – November 14, 2016

  • Craig is constantly looking for innovative ways to use social media. His ‘Tattle Tale Tuesday’ posts feature surveillance photos of crimes.

Robb Radley, Washington City Police Department – November 7, 2016

  • Officer Radley has made an extra effort to rach out to the under served population in our communities.

Josh Whatcott, South Jordan Police Department – October 31, 2016

  • Officer Whatcott was recently recognized for his part in lifesaving CPR on a retired California police officer along the Jordan River Parkway.

Jeremy Brown, Centerville City Police Department – October 24, 2016

  • Officer Brown developed a presentation for teachers and staff to instruct them how to prepare for and properly defend against a violent attack at the school.

Lacy Turner, Kaysville Police Department – October 17, 2016

  • Last summer, Officer Turner started a campaign called “Cops Love Lemonade”. The program encourages youth to call the police department with an invitation to visit their lemonade stands.

Officer Walter Bockholt, West Jordan Police Department – October 10, 2016

  • Officer Bockholt was worried about a man’s health and safety, so he arranged transportation to receive an evaluation and bought the man shoes and a shirt out of his own pocket.

Detective Shane Laycock, Riverton Police Department – October 3, 2016

  • Detective Shane Laycock saved the life of a 13-month old child who had fallen head-first into a cooler of water.

Officer Zachary Nold, Ogden City Police Department – September 26, 2016

  • Officer Nold founded “Labs for Liberty,” a non-profit organization that raises and trains Labrador retrievers to be service animals for veterans.

Officer Dallas Smith & Officer Cory Lewis, Spanish Fork Police Department – September 19, 2016

  • Officer Smith and Officer Lewis were the first officers in the Spanish Fork Police Department to use Narcan, saving a man’s life.

Sergeant Brian Taylor, Provo Police Department – September 12, 2016

  • Sergeant Taylor raised enough money to buy 26 special coats/sleeping bags that he then distributed to homeless people in need.

Sergeant Stephanie Tatton, Weber County Sheriff’s Office – September 5, 2016

  • Sgt. Tatton’s passion and commitment to public service, in particularly to the children of abuse, goes above and beyond her duty.

Officer Rusty Bingham & Officer Trent Thompson, Riverdale Police Department – August 29, 2016

  • Officer Bingham & Officer Thompson took a homeless man to a local motel and paid out of his own pocket to get a room so he could dry out, take a warm shower and get some rest so he could get back on his feet.

Lieutenant Drew Cox, Naples Police Department – August 15, 2016

  • Lt. Drew Cox is in charge of the K-9 program at the Naples Police Department.

Officer Elayne Franco, Logan City Police Department – August 8, 2016

  • Officer Franco has served as a liaison to the growing Hispanic community of Cache Valley.

Officer Josue Llil, West Valley Police Department – August 1, 2016

  • A couple weeks back, WVCPD Officer Llil handled a very special case; a stolen parakeet.

Officer Stan Penrod, Syracuse Police Department – July 25, 2016

  • Officer Penrod responded to a report of a child who had fallen through the ice at Jensen Pond. Officer Penrod grabbed a rope from his vehicle and threw it to the boy, but unfortunately the rope was too short…

Detective Denise Lovendahl, Taylorsville City – July 18, 2016

  • In January and February of 2016, Detective Lovendahl was engaged in a large scale, cartel level, narcotics investigation.

Officer Derek Dalton –  July 5, 2016

  • Officer Dalton gave up his personal Real Salt Lake tickets to allow a less fortunate family to go to the game in his place.

Officer Tanya Turnbow – June 27, 2016

  • Recently a man came to the Tooele City Council meeting and expressed a very emotional and heart-felt thank you for saving his son’s life because of Officer Turnbow’s efforts in suicide prevention.

Officer Brady Benson – June 20, 2016

  • An amazing story of rescue as Officer Benson injured dog who was trapped in an empty canal.

Officer Jason Harvey – June 13, 2016 

  • Aurora City is a very small community in the Northern part of Sevier County. We have a very small, part time police department but that doesn’t always mean that our problems are small or part-time. Officer Harvey works full time for Sevier County and then on his time off he works for Aurora City as the Police Chief.

Officer Brian Morgan – June 6, 2016

  • When 5-year old Kimmie’s Frozen scooter was stolen, Officer Morgan could relate. Having an 8-year old daughter himself, he swooped to the rescue and bought Kimmie a new Frozen scooter out of his own pocket.

Officer Jared Jensen – June 6, 2016

  • A Utah officer polices the streets despite a terrifying incident in his first few months on the job that could have cut his career very short.

Detective Cynthia Archuleta – May 23, 2016

  • Det. Archuleta is the resource officer at Hillcrest High School. She developed a campaign to address the high school student’s texting and driving dangers.

Sergeant Joe Cyr – May 16, 2016

  • Sergeant Joe Cyr currently supervises the Homeless Outreach Service Team (HOST) and the Crisis Intervention Team (CIT) for the Salt Lake City Police Department.

Trooper Craig Youngberg – May 9, 2016

  • Trooper Youngberg went out of his way to make sure a young couple had a safe warm place to stay for the night.

Trooper Justin Hansen – May 2, 2016

  • Last September, Justin Hansen was on duty when an accident occurred. The rope from the search and rescue team came into contact with the search helicopter.