Time flies for KPD veteran Birr

By CRAIG MURPHY Of the Keizertimes From an early age, Bev Birr knew she wanted to be a police officer. Until she saw firsthand just what the job would entail, that is. So the dream was altered just a bit: Birr worked at police departments, just not as an officer. For the past 25 years Birr has worked at the Keizer Police Department, becoming just the second person in KPD history to reach that milestone. Birr was feted for her achievement by current police chief John Teague – himself a longtime KPD veteran – during the March 3 Keizer City Council meeting. “Ms. Birr is part of the foundation of the police department, keeping things running while uniformed personnel handle acute problems,” Teague said. “Among other tasks, Ms. Birr handles court-ordered criminal record expungements, assists in vehicle-related paperwork, enters our data into the Law Enforcement Data System and, importantly, provides remarkable customer service.” Teague and others from the department were on hand when Birr received a standing ovation at the council meeting. Birr got her associates degree in law enforcement from Chemeketa Community College in 1973. When she started, it seemed she was fulfilling a dream. “I had wanted to be in police work since I was 5 years old,” Birr recalled with a smile. “As I got older, I realized I wanted to be more into law enforcement....

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