Thursday, November 4, 2021

25-year police veteran retires

Ofc. Jeffrey Bessesen
Canton Township Police Ofc. Jeffrey Bessesen marked his final patrol shift last week as he began his retirement from the department. 

Bessesen began his 25-year career with the department in 1996. During his service with the Canton police, Bessesen was assigned to road patrol, responding to calls for service, initiating contact with individuals and participating in the department Community Policing practices. In addition to his patrol duties, he spent time on the Rapid Response Unit and as a bicycle officer. 

For a decade, Bessesen served in the Evidence Technician Unit consisting of a limited number of officers who are specially-trained to collect and process evidence from crime scenes. During his time on the unit, officials said,  he was methodical in his collection procedures, producing evidence which oftentimes assisted the prosecution with obtaining successful felony convictions. 

Throughout his career, Bessesen has received numerous accolades from citizens he has helped during their time of need. His commanding officers noted that among his peers, Bessesen is well-liked, known for his sense of humor and his easy-going personality; he is also respected as someone who would provide solid back-up when high-pressure situations arose in the field. 

“Officer Bessesen's knowledge and experience have made him a valuable member of our patrol unit for the past 25 years,” said Chad Baugh, director of police services. “Jeff can move into retirement knowing with satisfaction he has served his community well, and he is wished all the best in his future endeavors.”