Local Police Officer Retires from the Force

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Updated: 11/01/2013 6:52 pm
"I'm going to try to sleep in maybe till 4 o'clock instead of 2:30 in the morning, it's going to take a while for me to adjust my body to getting on a more normal schedule instead of the shift work type of stuff,” said, Don Hazekamp, Pocatello Police.

After 35 years of service at the Pocatello Police Department, and working security at Pocatello Airport, Officer Hazekamp is finally retiring his badge.

 It was just a nice time frame, that everything clicked at the same time and the latest I would have stayed, was probably mid spring anyway and then go and do some traveling and spend time with family,” said, Hazekamp.

Hazekamp said that the people he works with and the community is what he will miss most about his job.

“ I have made a lot of good friends out of the frequent flyers and what not and some of them have actually come here today.  That's mostly what I am going to miss,” added Hazekamp.

After years of protecting the public, nobody knows Officer Hazekamp better than the man who worked side by side with him for three decades.

"He's done great things, he's worked in accident reconstruction and that's really one of the big things, we will miss him, because he is very good, he is known around the state for his reconstruction work, he has taught a lot of our officers,” said, Chief of Police Scott Marchand.

"I know that I probably have a biased opinion, but I think that the community is going to miss him and honestly I don't know how long he can stay out of it,” said, Annette Baumeister, Hazekamp’s daughter.

Pocatello Police will be hiring and promoting within the next few weeks, but have not made a decision yet as to who they will promote to take Hazekamp’s place.

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