Archive for Thursday, August 26, 2004

Basehor loses one of its finest

August 26, 2004

One of the most decorated and respected officers in the Basehor Police Department in recent years has left the department to pursue a law enforcement job in Shawnee.

Jason Slaughter, who was promoted to corporal earlier this year, served the Basehor Police Department for three years, At the time of his resignation he was second in the department's chain of command, behind only interim chief Martin Cigich.

On Monday, Slaughter began his tenure as a patrolman with the Shawnee Police Department. Slaughter said he enjoyed his tenure in Basehor but chose to pursue the Shawnee job because it was a better opportunity to support his family.

"For the most part, I enjoyed it, really well" Slaughter said of his time working in Basehor. "It was a good city to work for. I'm going to miss the people I worked with and the people that make Basehor a good place to be."

Before joining the Basehor Police Department, Slaughter was a corrections officer at the Wyandotte County Jail and he also worked as a park police officer in Wyandotte County. His service in Basehor, however, allowed Slaughter to truly show his prowess as police officer.

In 2002, Slaughter was awarded a merit award for excellent arrest and a certificate of achievement in criminal investigation during a banquet to honor Leavenworth County police officers. The 2002 awards broke nearly a 10-year dry spell for the Basehor PD; Slaughter was the first Basehor officer since 1993 to earn such commendations.

This year, he padded his resume further when he received a merit for excellent arrest, a lifesaving citation and an award for police valor.

While with the police department, Slaughter served as investigator on several cases including probes resulting in an employee theft of city funds and a recent break-in at the Basehor Wastewater Treatment Facility. He also worked undercover on a case in 2002 in which he helped thwart a De Soto woman's bid to defraud a local bank.

Interim Basehor chief Martin Cigich said the department will miss Slaughter's presence.

"He was one of the best officers we ever had," Cigich said. "He was one of the best assets to the city of Basehor.

"If he stayed, he could have been chief someday."

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