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A ridealong with Kennewick Police on their busiest day of the year

A ridealong with Kennewick Police on their busiest day of the year

Kennewick Police Department officer Steven Engel said his job is to keep our community safe, no matter what day it is.

"I enjoy coming to work every day because I have a great job and I love serving the people of Kennewick," he said.

Engel said most holidays fall into one of two categories:

  1. Incredibly slow
  2. Incredibly busy

The officer said the Fourth of July is traditionally KPD's busiest day of the year because fireworks are illegal in the city of Kennewick.

but people still try to use them.

“Typically, we’ll get calls from neighbors or bystanders to check on them and investigate,” he explained. “We get a lot of noise complaints”

This year he didn’t spend his morning sniffing out fireworks.

It was spent responding to calls from the community.

“It’s typically a concerned citizen calling about something out of the ordinary,” Engel said before replying to dispatch on his two-way radio mounted to the dashboard of his car. “We’re on our way.”

Someone called in three men along the side of the Okanogan Ave. because they’d popped open the manhole cover.

The caller said the men didn’t look like city employees.

It turns out the men were trying to save a brood of ducklings who’d fallen in.

Engel said this is the kind of call he’s happy to help with.

He said calls from concerned Kennewickians are what keep the area safe, because police can’t be everywhere at once.

“We use the eyes of the people we protect to get where we need to go and know what’s happening.”

Back on the road, he once again radioed dispatch.

“The ducklings have been returned to their mother.”

Officer Engel said the Fourth of July gets really busy after dark.

That’s when he said some people try to sneak fireworks in.

He said Kennewick Police will be patrolling all night, because they want everyone to have fun.

But they need to stay safe, and they need to stay legal.

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