Articles written by John Hensley

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  • Police reforms may hamstring public safety

    JOHN HENSLEY, Contributor|Updated Aug 12, 2021

    I’ve been in the public safety profession in one capacity or another, since the late 1970’s, and I have seen significant changes in the profession — some good and some not so much. However, recent events in Olympia and across the nation regarding “police reforms” has caused me to wonder where these reforms are going to lead us, particularly here in our hometown of Cheney. Candidly, the recently enacted police reform measures in Washington have made it harder for good cops to do an already difficult job, and more complicated t...

  • What you can do to make sure you receive your Christmas gifts

    JOHN HENSLEY, Contributor|Updated Dec 8, 2016

    If you have ever ordered clothing, jewelry, gifts or any other merchandise by phone, computer, or mail chances are those items were delivered straight to your home. Most deliveries do not require a signature and are generally left at your front door even if no one is home to accept them. These packages will quickly catch the eye of “porch pirates,” and offer thieves that opportunity they are looking for to make an easy score. Thieves, looking to steal your packages will follow or watch for UPS, Fed Ex, U.S. Mail and oth...

  • More revenue sources needed for Cheney police to operate better

    JOHN HENSLEY, Contributor|Updated Sep 10, 2015

    The Cheney Police Department (CPD) is a small, but professional police agency, staffed with caring and compassionate public safety professionals. For several years, the CPD has been a state-accredited police department and serves as a model to others in this area. However, behind this façade of excellence and exceptional service, the CPD suffers from a lack of funding support in several key areas. As I near the completion of my fourth year as your chief of police, I find myself examining the state of the police department....