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Posted on: January 11, 2018

Recognizing BGPD Lt. Roy Butler as he retires from public service

Lt. Roy Butler
After a 40-year career in law enforcement, Battle Ground Police Lt. Roy Butler is retiring.  Two upcoming public events are scheduled to honor and recognize his service - a formal ceremony at the January 16 city council meeting and a January 26 reception at the Battle Ground Police Department.

LT, as he his referred to by many, was hired as Lieutenant for the Battle Ground Police Department in 1993.  The city’s population was just over 4,000 and the department consisted of the Chief, LT, and six police officers. 
 
Many programs were implemented during Lt. Butler’s tenure – the Detective Unit, the K9 Unit, the Motorcycle Unit, and the Regional SWAT program.  Lt. Butler has contributed to many of the department’s technological advances.  In 1997 the department implemented its first mobile data system, providing officers the ability have access to vital information in the field; prior to mobile data access, officers had to place a phone call to office staff to obtain the information they needed.  He oversaw the conversion of the department’s communications systems from analog to digital and most recently, a new records management system, a complex system critically important to every aspect of the police department.  He also planned for when technology might fail; in 1999 he worked to develop the Y2K Disaster Readiness Plan. 

In 2007, Lt. Butler attended the FBI National Academy in Quantico, VA, a 10-week professional course of study for law enforcement managers.  

Prior to serving the Battle Ground community, Lt. Butler worked 15 years for the Mason County Sheriff’s Office.  He is a U.S. Air Force veteran, having served from 1971 – 1975.  

The public is invited and encouraged to attend events recognizing Lt. Butler’s years of dedicated service. On Monday, January 16, a formal recognition is scheduled at the city council meeting.  The meeting begins at 7:00 pm at Battle Ground City Hall located at 109 SW 1st St.    On January 26, a reception in his honor will be held from 4:00 – 6:00 pm at the Battle Ground Police Department located at 507 SW 1st Street.   Please join us as we honor his service and wish him well in new adventures.  

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