Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Last lineup

Capt. David Beggs worked his final shift at the Lincoln Police Department last night, closing out a career of over 40 years. Dave began as a police cadet in the early 1970s, and was an experienced
street officer when I started, well-known for his growling voice and his uncanny ability to spot drunk drivers, stolen cars, and crimes in progress. He and I worked together in the Training Unit during the early 1980s: he was the Field Training Coordinator, I handled the Academy and in-service.

In the 1990s, Dave was the Captain commanding the  Southwest Team. His longest assignment, however, was as Duty Commander: the officer in charge f all police operations on a shift. One of the jobs of the Duty Commander is to conduct roll call (we call it "lineup" at LPD) for officers at the beginning of their shift, a process that takes place several times daily due to the variety of schedules and overlaps LPD employs.

Apparently a Cub Scout troop was at HQ for a tour last night, and when they arrived in the assembly room at about 7:25 PM, Capt. Beggs conducted lineup for them. Thus, Dave's last lineup was presented to Den 97, a nice little story that made it's way to me courtesy of Officer Cassi Nissen, who sent me these snapshots. She said the Cubs peppered Capt. Beggs with questions, and had a great time.

Dave is a law school graduate, and a black belt judo instructor. He scares the bejabbers out of new reporters and rookie cops, as he did my teenage daughter, when they met doing volunteer work years ago. Within two weeks, she had completely changed her tune. She learned, as most everyone eventually does, that Dave Beggs is a caring, committed man who anyone would be fortunate to call a friend. Congratulations on a great career, David, and best wishes in your next adventure.

9 comments:

Kevin Abourezk said...

I had the privilege of working with Capt. Beggs as a reporter and as the victim of a minor crime. He was diligent and professional in both roles, and I'll miss being able to interview the gruff but always helpful captain. Happy retirement!

Rod Stamm said...

I had the pleasure of serving with Capt. Beggs in the 1970's and still remember his devotion and love for his career choice. His knowledge and committment to LPD showed the way for many young men and women! Great job David!!!

allen soukup said...

I will miss Capt. Happy as I called him and enjoyed working with him for 37 years. Go luck in whatever you do.

Elvis 185

Nebraskim said...

I worked with then-Lt. Beggs when I was a newspaper reporter in the way-back era. He was MUCH LESS SCARY than Capt. Elvis. :) Dave Beggs had a distinctive voice, especially over the radio. Thank you for your fine service to our community and good luck in your well-deserved retirement.

"G" said...

Congratulations Dave, It was great working with you. Now go have some fun Pal!

Aaron Sanderford said...

Congrats, captain. Kept us all in line. Had a ball doing it.

Anonymous said...

Meet Dave at St. E a few times. Interesting person to talk too.

Now that he has hung up his duty belt for the last time, who is the longest serving officer with LPD?

Tom Casady said...

2:16 AM,

That would certainly be Sgt. Elgin Kuhlman.

Anonymous said...

Does Sgt Kuhlman even know he is still working at LPD. Lol