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Weekly
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Snowden
Hangs Up His
Badge
Retiring BHPD Police Chief
Dave Snowden looks back
on 49 years in
law enforcement

coverstory

SNOWDEN HANGS
UP HIS BADGE

By Mina Riazi
Forty-nine years is a long time in law
enforcement. What made you want to
first enter the police academy?
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from high school. I had a great time in my
community and during that period of time I
got to know several of the police officers. So,
after getting out of active duty in the Army,
I applied because a friend of mine, who was
a reserve officer there, encouraged me to
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you first started?
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today have to know an awfully lot more
than you did when I went to the academy.
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do. How do you tell a young officer to come
in and protect the community? And God
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put on trial for all those actions. As is his
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our fingertips today is so much different. I
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well as their children. They know the value proper clearance for, was totally legal and
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crime rate in the region.
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post retirement?
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save for a future announcement.
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