Deputy Slagowski’s Trip to D.C.

Deputy Jessica Slagowski was invited to Washing DC in may of 2016 to perform at the National Law Enforcement Memorial.  She was featured in the Utah Women in Law Enforcement Newsletter (UWLE) in September of 2016.  What follows is her description of the events as submitted to UWLE.


My name is Jessica Slagowski, Deputy in the Corrections Division at The Davis County Sheriff’s Office. I was invited to perform ‘See You Again’ at The National Law Enforcement Memorial on May 15th, 2016. I was noted on the program to perform the final musical selection, also known as the Blue Ribbon Song.
I arrived In DC in time to volunteer with the National Fraternal Order of Police Auxiliary registering survivors to participate in the memorial events and services. During registration on May 13th, the atmosphere was almost indescribable. Overwhelming and depressing, joyful and empowering all in one feeling. Thousands of parents, spouses, children, co-workers and friends flocked the hallways and conference rooms donning swag of their fallen officer. Balloons, t-shirts, banners, flags, jewelry, all items normally associated with a happy occasion, now surrounded tearful embraces. A small boy approached my registration table, barely able to see over it and shyly said “hi.” His mother, and her parents and an escort officer, busily collected information and gifts from the C.O.P.S. representative next to me. I said “hi there buddy, how are you?” He said “I’m fine, I lost my dad, he fell.” Tears filled my eyes and I couldn’t breathe, let alone speak. A brief moment later, I tried to smile as his company approached my table and his mother, seeing me, looked at her son and expressed,“yes honey, but we’re doing just fine aren’t we?” He nodded happily and proceeded to tell me as much as his 4 year old self could tell me about his dad. As the escort officer offered her mother his arm and she nodded and took it, I could see the hurt welling inside her. What do you say? Have a good day? We’re glad you’re here? II simply told them -thank you, thank you for letting us serve you. She smiled and thanked me before they moved on.
It had been windy, chilly and raining most of the week but thankfully as the evening of the Vigil approached, the sky cleared and the wind settled. The Candlelight Vigil was held on the grass of the National Mall just off the steps of the Capitol. The breathtaking view when tens of thousands of people lit their candles, was overpowering.
Sunday morning I woke to find the rain gone and the sun out, but very windy and quite chilly. After warming up my voice at the hotel, my husband, Nathan Orgill, and two of our daughters April and Katy and my parents accompanied me to the steps of the Capitol. There were already hundreds of people there, soon to be thousands. Gretta and Mike, memorial program coordinators, escorted my family to the VIP seating and guided me to a tent and chairs beside the stage. As the survivors began to arrive, a humbling reverence loomed over the whole area. The wind continued and made for an unwelcome distraction to the service.
Two of the other performers, Sgt. Chris Smith (National Anthem) and Hannah Ellis (Officer Down) sat with me near the stage, each of us taking turns at the mic. As the reading of the names concluded, and the benediction offered, I stood. As my music began, thousands stood, holding high long blue ribbons in proud representation of their officer and those survivors surrounding them. I was immediately warmed to the core as my first verse ended and a boy about 7 years of age blew a kiss to me with his ribbon, tears running down his face and smiling. I realized in that moment, this wasnt a performance, this was an opportunity to have a feeling, a powerful feeling, that I could simply give to many to momentarily break the hurt, give hope, and drowned their pain in comfort. The westward view off of the Capitol steps facing the National Mall and off in the distance the Washington Monument, huge trees bowing to the wind that lined the Mall, billowing clouds and countless people waving their ribbons, was an opportunity and stage I’ll never forget.
-Jessica Slagowski”


Officer Turner – Behind the Badge

The following nomination letter was written by Sol Oberg, Chief of Police of Kaysville City:

Lacy Turner is assigned to the department’s Problem-Oriented Policing Unit, where she is tasked with trying to resolve quality of life issues within our community. She works extensively with the community’s youth, low income housing stakeholders, and ongoing community issues. In addition to this, she works extra hours as a school resource officer at Centennial Junior High School. Officer Turner is also a DARE Instructor and a field training officer. This past year, she proposed and implemented two new programs within our department; a peer support program and an officer mentor program for officers. These programs have had a tremendous effect on the well-being, success, and morale of our officers.

Despite her heavy load of extra duties and assignments, Officer Turner consistently performs at a high level regardless of what activity is being measured, self-initiated activity, traffic stops, citizen contacts, or calls for service. In her few short years with the department she has become a popular figure with our community’s youth and is a positive role model particularly for young women interested in law enforcement or criminal justice. Kaysville’s Mayor has called her the face of the department and other police departments frequently recruit her to join their force.


This past year, Officer Turner responded to two different medical calls and arrived prior to medical personnel. She performed live saving CPR measures on victims in both occasions and as a result saved the lives of both people. She has received commendations and awards from the police department for her initiative and action in instances such as the medicals as well as for other high profile emergency calls for service such as an officer involved shooting.

Officer Turner is an active community policing advocate. Last summer, she started a campaign that she called “Cops Love Lemonade” in Kaysville City. This program encouraged the city’s youth to call the police department to visit their lemonade stands. This program engendered positive feelings between much of our community and our police officers. It helped to humanize our officers to the public and gave the officers an opportunity to have a positive interaction with members of our public.

The campaign was recognized by Mountain America Credit Union as part of its “pay it forward” campaign and highlighted by media outlets. The community and city leaders recognized this campaign as important to building trust and improving police relationships with the public.

Officer Turner takes her role as a peace officer seriously and commits to participating in many of the city’s community events. Officer Turner does this despite all of her other professional commitments and her family obligations. Officer Turner even responds to some events off-duty and out of uniform to support the community and its members. She is a credit to our department and a strong asset to the Kaysville community.