Dec 22, 2016
On February 11, 2016, two individuals walking along the Great Salt Lake shore line discovered what they thought was a mannequin. As they approached it, they were stunned to find a young man, murdered. Former Salt Lake County Sheriff Jim Winder explains what happened, and how the public can help solve this terrible crime. *** On February 11th of this year, two individuals walking along the Great Salt Lake shore line discovered what they thought was a mannequin. As they approached it, they were stunned to find a young man. Young Chandler Cooper, a 22-year old male from Holladay, had apparently been lured to the location by individuals who we still have not yet identified. The Unified Police Department immediately responded, and have been investigating the crime ever since. During the course of that investigation, we have determined that individuals—more than likely known to Chandler—led him to that location and, based on a dispute, they executed Chandler and left him for dead. While Chandler was left there on the shoreline, we are unsure of how he actually arrived at the location. No vehicles, or signs of vehicles, were identified near or around his location. While we have significant leads in the case, much of the information still needs to be pieced together. What we don’t know are the specific actions of Mr. Chandler, and those that may have committed this crime, during the week of February 4th-10th. It’s critical that we identify these suspects and bring them to justice. If you have information regarding this case, please contact detectives at 385-468-9815.
Dec 12, 2016
During the holiday season, the way we decorate our homes may actually have an impact on the security of our homes. Former Salt Lake County Sheriff Jim Winder shares a few safety tips to help keep your family and Christmas packages safe. *** It’s the holiday season once again, and with that it brings a lot of joy. One of the traditions that I think we can all relate to is the placing of the packages underneath the tree. Unfortunately, it can provide a real risk. Remember that individuals that are walking through our neighborhoods and could look into a window and see brightly colored packages placed under a tree often may not have the best of intentions. We would suggest strongly that you keep those presents out from under the tree until Santa comes to visit. Often times we order online and those packages are brought to our home. Increasingly, individuals are following those delivery services and taking packages from our doorsteps. It’s important that you have a plan in place to receive those packages, especially if it’s valuable. One might have it delivered to a relative or a neighbor, and pick it up later. If you’re not going to be home, be sure that you leave specific instructions with the delivery company on how to place the package so it prevents theft. A little pre-planning will make sure that those packages will end up in the right hands.
Nov 7, 2016
Former Salt Lake County Sheriff Jim Winder describes the need for the public to get along with the law enforcement pros that protect them. Respect is a two-way street. He also talks about the heartbreaking task of informing families that a loved one has passed on, especially when the loss is a fellow policeman. *** Tragedy is reverberated in every community across this country. The nature of this discussion has gotten so volatile. We understand that there are strong emotions, but, I don’t think any of us ever expected it to flare up, you know, in this kind of carnage. We’re all suffering. And to ensure that we can move through this successfully, we need to recognize that ”respect" is a two-way street. Law enforcement can only be successful with the support of the community we serve. When we lose the social contract to be decent to each other, it’s impossible for any of us to live in a safe and secure community. We’re living in a time where we’re polarized, where people are not really communicating. How do you move forward in a community when one side or the other is unwilling to communicate. It’s gone too far. What we have to have is people willing to look at us as individuals, and not as a blue or brown uniform. I’ll never forget the day that Doug was killed. “A member of the Unified Police Department, Doug Barney, was killed in a shootout at about 10pm…" Um, you’ve never really heard a cry until you’ve heard the cry of a son who's lost his father. And that’s something that will stay with you forever. That’s the worst thing you ever do. They’re human beings that are told that their loved ones are gone—you know, it’s not the cop that was killed, it’s dad or mom. I believe that we’re at a different place here. The other day I went into a gas station where I go every morning. And the clerk slid over some dollar bills with a note attached to it that said, “This is to thank them for all that they do.” There aren’t a lot of communities where, anonymously, people just buy a drink for you. It happens here all the time. It’s a great community. Behind the uniform there are human beings. And if we learn to treat each other that way, we will have a better community.
Sep 1, 2016
On July 10, 2016, Marvin Lopez and a female companion were attending a party around 4:00am at 5586 South 4220 West in Kearns. A dark-colored (black or possibly purple) vehicle pulled up and shots were fired. Mr. Lopez died a short time later. Three males, dark-complected, possibly Polynesian or Hispanic, were seen in the vehicle. The shots were fired from the rear passenger door of the vehicle. Unified PD is seeking your help in this case. If you have any information leading to these suspects, or the case in general, please contact the Unified Police Department at 385-468-9790.
Jun 27, 2016
During the holiday season, former Salt Lake County Sheriff Jim Winder talks about how to safely and legally enjoy fireworks in Utah. *** It’s July in Utah, and with that comes fireworks. Regardless of where you live in the state of Utah, fireworks ordinances are in effect, but they are widely diverse. We encourage you to check with your local agencies to ensure that HOW you are discharging them is legal and lawful. In addition to ensuring that you’re doing it legally, make sure that you’re doing it safely. One of the big issues we have during this season is individuals HOLDING fireworks—which can be extremely dangerous. Or, they discharge them in areas where there are flammable materials—specifically the roofs of homes or open fields. Remember, the 4th and 24th is supposed to be a time for family and friends, and not a time for tragedy. Be safe.
Jun 1, 2016
Warm weather brings some safety issues to neighborhoods when people start leaving their garage doors open. Former Salt Lake County Sheriff Jim Winder shares tips on how to keep your home safe in all seasons.
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