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Waterloo Police Captain hanging up badge after 36 years


WATERLOO (KWWL) --After exactly 36 years on the city's police force, one of Waterloo's finest is retiring. 

Captain John Beckman is a familiar face to many in the Waterloo community after serving in several capacities, including acting police chief, over nearly four decades.  But Beckman says the time is just right for him to hang up his badge for good.

"It's time to step aside and let the new guard in and take over.  I have every bit of confidence that they're up to the task.  There's a really, really good crew of officers on this department that are ready to step up and take over for us folks that are leaving," Beckman said.

Beckman says it's been a great ride with the department.  And while technology has driven a lot of change in police work over the years, he says some things have stayed the same.

"The key component to all of this is the officer.  They were doing community policing back before it was even known as community policing.  And we carry that tradition forward today.  So the officers are really making the big difference in this whole thing," said Beckman.

Before saying goodbye, Beckman was honored with a retirement party at city hall.  And Black Hawk County dispatchers had a little fun reminiscing about the captain's service over the police radio.

"While in the investigations division, he and his partner went to assist another investigator who was in foot pursuit of a half-dressed female down Washington.  On arrival, they found the investigator who was also half dressed, and they were laughing too hard to get out of their car and assist him," the dispatcher said.

It's just one of the memories that this long-time civil servant says he will carry with him for years to come.

"Again, Congratulations, John," said the dispatcher.

Beckman says he will certainly miss being a part of the police force.  But he's looking forward to what retirement has in store, which will include becoming a grandfather for the first time a bit later this year.

KWWL Reporter:  Kera Mashek



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