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Van Eck retires from SHPD after 28 years


July 21, 2021

RETIRED POLICE CHIEF Bob Burford delivers some parting remarks for Jason Van Eck at his retirement celebration, complete with a celebratory cake. below left.

After 28 years in service to the Sweet Home community, Sgt. Jason Van Eck handed in his gun and his badge, retiring on Monday, July 12, in exchange for the solitude of the woods.

Van Eck started working at Sweet Home Police Department on July 11, 1993.

He graduated from Sweet Home High School in 1989. After high school, he volunteered at the Sweet Home Fire Department and attended Linn-Benton Community College, and he worked At Triple T Studs, Clear Lumber and Lester Sales.

"Becoming a police officer was one of those childhood 'what-do-you-want-to-do-when-you-grow-up' things," Van Eck s...

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