Neighboring Police Agencies Help Patrol Streets For Grieving Provo Officers
PROVO, Utah – While condolences keep pouring in at the Provo Police Department, especially at a growing memorial on the patrol car of fallen officer Joseph Shinners, some police offices in the area are lending a hand to their brothers in blue.
“I wanted to come down and help work patrol; myself and another Orem officer are down there today, just trying to lighten their load,” said Sgt. John Arnoldsen.
The officers volunteered to come in on their day off, to patrol the streets of Provo, allowing for fewer regular Provo officers to be on duty and allow others to help organize funeral arrangements.
“The general feeling of the officers of the different departments, is we want to do what we can to help out. We know that Provo police is suffering right now and so are we to differing degrees, and we all want to do something to make a difference in this situation, and this was one the ways that was offered to us,” he added.
“During my career, there have been a lot of Utah police officers who have been killed in the line of duty and I have attended a lot of funerals, this one hits home, even though I didn’t know Officer Shinners,” he said.
“We want them to see how much we care about them and the sacrifice they made for us and the communities we serve,” he said.
“One of the good things that can come out of this, is for us to come closer together and I know that is happening with our agencies right now.”