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.