American Legion names Jensen peace officer of the year

American Legion Post 41 Commander Ken Johnson, right, presents Uinta County Sheriff’s Office Sgt. Dan Jensen, center, with the 2019 Peace Officer of the Year award. Also pictured is Uinta County Sheriff’s Office Chief Deputy Rowdy Dean. (COURTESY PHOTO)

EVANSTON — American Legion Post 41 recently named Uinta County Sheriff’s Office Sgt. Dan Jensen 2019 Peace Officer of the Year. Sheriff Doug Matthews nominated Jensen for the award, and a portion of his nomination letter follows:

“Dan has worked for the Uinta County Sheriff’s Office since April of 2009 as a Patrol Deputy. He came to the Sheriff’s Office with experience, after working in Sublette County for a number of years.

“Deputy Jensen cares about the public he serves and is quick to help someone in need, even if it isn’t really part of his job description. This is community policing at its best. Deputy Jensen recognizes that law enforcement is most effective when we partner with the community we serve. Deputy Jensen is very capable of putting cases together and taking bad guys off the street, making Uinta County safer.

“Deputy Jensen has a number of attributes that enhance his skills as a member of the Sheriff’s Office. He is willing to take on a new challenge or a difficult case. He has a good attitude and a strong work ethic. Deputy Jensen has a very good working knowledge of the law and how to fairly apply it. He stays informed on current case law and is willing to share this information with others. Deputy Jensen is a field training officer, so his knowledge and experience is constantly being passed on to new hires.

“Deputy Jensen leads by example and is respected by his peers. The public we serve holds law enforcement to a higher standard of conduct, both on and off duty. Deputy Jensen holds himself to those high standards.”

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