Officer John Brent and Chief Youngbar
Officer John Brent will be retiring on Tuesday, July 28th, 2020 after 30 years in law enforcement, 28 of those years being with the Lake Oswego Police Department. Unfortunately, due to COVID-19, we are unable to hold a retirement party for him. Following are excerpts from the department wide memorandum that was sent out by Chief Jorgensen to convey appreciation for John’s work.
“Officer Brent started his law enforcement career with the Curry County Sheriff’s Office on July 2, 1990 as a Reserve Deputy. On December 15, 1991 he was hired full time as a Curry County Deputy Sheriff. On April 15, 1992 he began his Lake Oswego career.
John started making his presence known while at DPSST (Department of Public Safety Standards & Training), although back in his day it was called BPST. He attended the Police Academy from July 1992 to the end of August 1992. In just 8 short weeks he was squad leader, a member of the color guard, received an award for his skills in defensive tactics and received the Victor G. Atiyeh Award, which was/is one of the highest honors at the academy.
Shortly after his return from the academy Chief Youngbar, the Chief who hired John, was quoted as saying “He has been outstanding and I expect nothing but great things.” John has lived up to that quote throughout his career.
John had the opportunity to shape many of us during his time here. He has been a defensive tactics instructor, firearms instructor, field training officer (just ask Sheldon and Chon), Association President, armorer, detective and most recently represented us at TriMet. In all of these positions he’s served admirably.
John has been recognized many times throughout his career for his excellent work. One such time was early in his career where a suspect that he arrested contacted the department. The supervisor who wrote up the commendation thought for sure the suspect was contacting us to complain about John, when in fact the suspect was calling to compliment him. The suspect said that John was “extremely pleasant, great and that he went above and beyond in his treatment of him.” There were many other compliments and recognitions that were sent in regarding John, to name them all would take pages and pages.
All of us will make an impact while here, and John’s impact will be lasting. His dedication, demeanor, wit, compassion, knowledge and work ethic are some of the characteristics we should all strive to emulate. Thank you, John, for all that you have done for our department, it’s members and our community. You will be missed and we wish you well in your retirement.”