Riding with KPD’s Officer Anderson

By CRAIG MURPHY Of the Keizertimes So what’s it like being a cop in Keizer these days? Carrie Anderson, a 20-year veteran at the Keizer Police Department, can tell you no two days are alike. Last week the Keizertimes took an in-depth look at changes within the KPD, especially in regards to a shift towards problem-oriented policing, or POP. As part of finding out how that changes has impacted the daily work done by patrol officers, the Keizertimes went for a ride-along with Anderson, currently the only female in uniform at the KPD. Having moved to Keizer when she was less than 1 year old, Anderson has a deep connection with the city. Her parents, married for more than 50 years, still live in the same house in Keizer on Chehalis Court where they moved to more than 40 years ago. Anderson went to McNary High School and later Western Oregon State College (now Western Oregon University). While in school, Anderson became a reserve officer at the KPD. She was hired part-time by former police chief Chuck Stull while still in school. Once she graduated, Anderson was hired on full-time. “This is my 20th year here,” Anderson said with a chuckle. “I’m not sure how it happened.” For Anderson, being in patrol suits her perfectly. “I prefer patrol,” she said. “A desk job is not something I’d like to...

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