People in Lincoln City are going to have to stop calling Jeffrey Winn Sergeant as the longtime peace officer has been promoted to Lieutenant and recognized for 30 years of service.
“I am excited for the opportunity of molding this new position in a way that will further benefit the department as it continues to strive to provide the best law enforcement service to our citizens and our community.”– Lieutenant Jeffrey Winn
Since a young boy Winn wanted to be a cop. When he was six-years-old a Salem officer explained how keeping the community safe –something that has always stuck with Winn– was the highest priority for a law enforcement officer. This meeting led to Winn joining the Keizer Police Department in 1988.
Winn was hired by Lincoln City Police in 1991 as a patrol officer. Since then, he has held a bevy of titles, such as Field Training Officer, Reserve Officer Program Coordinator, Field Training Program Coordinator, Lincoln County Reserve Academy Instructor, LEDS/CJIS Representative, Public Information Officer, grant writer, Sergeant, and now, Lieutenant.
Thirty years in law enforcement has given Winn many opportunities to keep his community safe. In 1995 he earned a Distinguished Service Award. Two years later he was awarded the county-wide Outstanding Achievement in Law Enforcement Award. That same year, 1997, Winn was named Law Enforcement Person of the Year by the Lincoln City Chamber of Commerce. Winn received a Medal of Valor in 2000 for his involvement in deescalating a hostage situation, and was honored by the FBI for his life-saving efforts during a fatal crash in 2004.
When asked how he feels about the newly minted Administrative Lieutenant position, Winn said he would be fine behind a desk but would still be available for field work. As a veteran responder to incidents, Winn is a recognizable feature at crime and accident scenes. His quick and logical decision making skills have kept myriad people safe.
With a strong suit in administrative duties, Winn will be invaluable in keeping LCPD’s day-to-day operations and personnel organized and efficient. Additionally, Winn will be in charge when Chief Jerry Palmer and Lt. David Broderick are away from the building or in meetings.
It’s not just ordering equipment in Winn’s future. He will also be overseeing the department’s training system and directly supervising the evidence room. Many of his duties have yet to be established, as LCPD officials have said the new job will “continue to evolve.” Winn will also continue to write safety grants, like the successful pedestrian enforcement operations that happen routinely as a result of funds secured from his writing skills.
During an Aug. 19 swearing in ceremony, Winn was thanked for his 30 years of service and officially promoted to the rank of Lieutenant.