The community of Baker City is fortunate to harbor a very safe environment, free from many of the daily acts of violence that occur in larger communities and even in many smaller communities throughout our state and nation. However, that does not mean that we are completely void of violent acts, drug abuse or complicated fraud crimes.
Although our department is structured to have two investigators working as detectives, typically one of them is covering a patrol shift. That leaves one detective to handle the more serious cases and to conduct follow up investigations on the more complex cases originally assigned to patrol officers.
Our investigative efforts into drug related crimes are primarily addressed using officers on overtime shifts. This past year we continued to use various methods to seize narcotics, vehicles and cash, while sending numerous people to jail for drug related offenses. Our staff is regularly challenged to develop new avenues of targeting these offenders.
Our one full-time detective, Jay Lohner, is an active member of the Baker County Major Crime Team, which is called upon to investigate most major felonies and other cases that require significant manpower throughout Baker County. Along with our detective, this team is comprised of members of the Oregon State Police and the Baker County Sheriff’s Office. In addition to our detective, Patrol Officer Shannon Regan has also been added to the team, due to her initiative to seek additional training and her ability to excel with complicated investigations.