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Patrol Section



Crete Police Department

Emergency: 9-1-1

1945 Forest

Crete, NE 68333


FAX: 402-826-2180






The police officers assigned to the Patrol Section are among the most visible of all city employees.  With a priority to responding to calls for service, patrol officers devote time to the law enforcement, order maintenance and general service needs of the city.


Lieutenant Gary Young


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Lieutenant Young has served over 25 years with the department and leads the Patrol Section. In addition to this important role, he manages training and also plans and directs special operations. He is responsible for guiding the department in the absence of the chief of police. Lieutenant Young is a graduate of the FBI National Academy and holds an associate degree in business management from Southeast Community College and a bachelor of science degree in management from Bellevue University. Lieutenant Young is an adjunct instructor at the Nebraska Law Enforcement Training Center.


Sergeant Ron Koch


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Sergeant Ron Koch joined the Crete Police Department in 1991, after working for the Lincoln Police Department and Lancaster County Corrections. He supervises the activities of the Patrol Section and coordinates activities to best achieve Lieutenant Young's guidance. Sergeant Koch holds instructor certificates in both firearms and emergency vehicle operations and has extensive training and experience in motor vehicle accident investigation and reconstruction. Sergeant Koch holds a bachelor of science degree in chemistry from the University of Nebraska, Lincoln and serves as a guest instructor for the Nebraska Law Enforcement Training Center.


Patrol Officers


The department is staffed and organized to best deliver general patrol services 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Patrol officers perform investigations, present crime prevention and safety education programs and work with members of the community to resolve problems. This requires talented and dedicated officers who are capable of attaining superior results across the broad spectrum of police work.


Modes of Patrol



Police cars offer the most versatility to patrol officers. These vehicles allow for a rapid response and are capable of carrying a variety of equipment and materials to any location in the city. If need be, they are used to transport individuals who are in custody.




Foot patrols give officers the very best means to use all of their senses to evaluate their immediate surroundings and provide ample opportunity to interact with the public. This interaction builds trust within the community and may even generate useful information that will help officers curb activities associated with crime and disorder.

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Lieutenant Gary Young


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The department uses bicycles when manpower and weather conditions permit, Bicycles offer many of the advantages of both motor and foot patrol.





Officer Eric Mercier


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Law Enforcement


With the general well-being of the community in mind, the department's core function is the enforcement of law.


Officers employed by the city must successfully complete state certification requirements through the Nebraska Law Enforcement Training Center or other state accredited academies. Training received through these institutions and other advanced studies aid officers in the fair and just enforcement of the law.


Officers are responsible to enforce elements of the Crete City Code as well as Nebraska Revised Statutes.



Officer Brian Stork


Prevention and Mitigation 


Patrol officers do far more than respond to community problems.  Officers also help residents prevent or minimize the impact of crime through education and various service projects.  As an example, officers are involved in many community activities:

Junior Police Patrol

Fourth grade students attend the Junior Police Patrol Classes, where they learn about careers in law enforcement and  skills necessary to live safely as members of the community. Each year's graduating class marches in the Saline County Fair Parade.

Crete Elementary School Carnival

Police officers and telecommunicators support the Crete Public Elementary School Carnival each year. One of the most popular games, a doughnut toss to a cartoon police officer was designed and constructed by members of the police department.




Emergency Response

Patrol officers work closely with members of the city's volunteer fire and rescue and public works departments to aid in the resolution of emergency situations





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