As is custom, when a Vacaville police officer retires, the Police Division honors them with a walkout ceremony. Wednesday had two separate ceremonies to honor three of its latest retirees.
The primary ceremony feted Officer Drew Talton for his 25 years with the division, the second celebrated husband and spouse Chuck and Julie Bailey for his or her respective 21 and 27 years.
Each ceremonies drew a big crowd of present and former colleagues, metropolis officers, employees, household and associates. Consistent with the format for these ceremonies, many uniformed officers lined the steps of the staircase main down from the primary entrance to the Police Division because the newly minted retirees exchanged handshakes and hugs with their co-workers, obtained speeches and commendations, listened to ultimate dispatches honoring their service and departed in a police car one final time.
Talton descended down the stairway to the strains of “The Remaining Countdown” by Europe and wore a black and blue lei as he bid farewell to his fellow officers.
Lt. Chris Polen praised Talton as a “distinctive man” who “served us very properly.” Talton grew up in Vacaville and started his profession with the Suisun Metropolis Police Division in 1996 and earlier than shifting over to his hometown police division two years later. For a few years, he labored as a patrol officer earlier than shifting on to the Particular Victims Unit.
“He was capable of give a voice to lots of people who couldn’t communicate for themselves,” Polen mentioned. “These are very tough circumstances to work, however Drew took on the problem and despatched lots of people away to jail the place they need to be, primarily based on their crimes.”
Polen additionally highlighted Talton’s a few years as a soccer coach for Vacaville United Soccer Membership, Vacaville Youth Soccer League, Vaca Pena Center College, Vacaville Excessive College and the Vacaville Police Actions League’s soccer staff.
“(He’s) a tremendous ambassador, giving again to the youngsters in our group,” he mentioned.
Polen additional praised Talton as an officer who “solid a path for a lot of” on the division.
“We borrowed Drew for 25 years,” he mentioned. “We’re prepared to offer him again.”
Talton obtained a metropolis plaque and a Police Division trophy given to retirees. He expressed gratitude for the numerous relationships he constructed with fellow officers and personnel over time.
“A few of you newer officers, I by no means acquired to satisfy,” he mentioned. “For that, I remorse that, however you’ve acquired an extended profession forward of you. Simply be secure.”
Talton left with some phrases of recommendation for fellow officers, specifically to have lives outdoors of their career.
“Being a cop is a job that’s a noble career,” he mentioned. “It nonetheless is, even with every part that’s occurring, however make friendships, together with relationships outdoors of the job. Don’t let this outline who you’re.”
Talton suggested officers to proceed to do nice issues “even whenever you really feel like perhaps nobody’s noticing it.”
As Talton boarded a police car for his ultimate experience, he exclaimed “Deuces, I”m out!” and rode off to Twisted Sister’s “We’re Not Gonna Take it.”
Subsequent up was a ceremony honoring the Baileys, aptly known as “Companions in life, companions in crime” on their ultimate dispatch. They descended the staircase to Metallica’s “For Whom the Bell Tolls,” then have been apparently Rickrolled with the primary few seconds of Rick Astley’s “By no means Gonna Give You Up,” earlier than it segued into Bon Jovi’s “Reunion.” The Baileys ended up hugging so many individuals that Polen needed to name them to return down.
“We love you, however it’s worthwhile to get down right here,” he mentioned.
Polen mentioned he met with Chuck in his workplace, and he mentioned Chuck’s solely request for his walkout ceremony was to have a flyover by the Blue Angels.
“We informed him we couldn’t do this,” he mentioned. “We informed him we had loads of drones.”
This triggered a drone flyover, with the units doing flips to Harold Faltermeyer’s theme to “High Gun.” Simply because it appeared that was the one flyover Chuck would get, a P-51 Mustang from the Nut Tree Airport flew overhead to the tune of Kenny Loggins’ “Hazard Zone,” additionally from “High Gun.”
Polen praised Julie as a “very inspirational officer,” particularly by her 20-plus years as a cadet adviser. A number of of this system’s present cadets have been amongst these lining the stairway, a testomony to her dedication to this system.
“I might enterprise to guess perhaps 90 p.c have been educated by Julie,” Polen mentioned. “She has embraced the younger thoughts and helped them gravitate into this career as cadets to cops and as cops to retirement due to how she educated all of us.”
Julie joined the division in 1994 as a group service officer. Two years later, she was promoted to officer and has responded to incidents at companies, notably within the Nut Tree Plaza and Vacaville Premium Shops.
“Julie has been an envoy for our retailers for a lot of, a few years,” Polen mentioned. “She continues to carry the road.”
Julie imparted some phrases of recommendation to her cadets, together with to care for each other and never lose deal with who they have been known as to serve.
“Certain, we work for town of Vacaville, and we’ve got our bosses upstairs and the White Home and we reply to the court docket, however on the finish of the day, we do that for our households, our group, our religion and beliefs in ourselves,” she mentioned.
Julie assured that working as an officer is a privilege.
“I’ve been grateful each single day of my profession that somebody gave me the possibility to show myself,” she mentioned.
Chuck started his profession as a reserve officer in Vallejo and later grew to become an officer in Pinole after which Vacaville. Polen highlighted his work with the cadet program, site visitors division, and as a DUI investigator.
“He continues to push, he continues to struggle the nice reason for defending this group,” he mentioned. “He’s by no means overpassed that, and for that, we’re eternally grateful to him.”
The Baileys got some extra awards so as to add to their cabinets — Julie was named Officer of the Yr in 2001 and Chuck in 2013. Along with the usual plaques and trophies, additionally they obtained a signed and framed apron by the employees on the native House Depot for the numerous shoplifters they prosecuted from there. Chuck obtained an annual award from Moms Towards Drunk Driving for the DUI arrests total and a Lifetime Achievement Award from MADD for the two,012 total arrests he made in his profession.
In short remarks, Chuck spoke to his cadets.
“Preserve searching for one another,” he mentioned. “Watch one another’s again.”
Chuck additionally thanked those that turned out for the ceremony.
“Thanks for coming to help us,” he mentioned. “It means the world to us.”
Interim Police Chief Joe Allio lauded the work the Baileys did with the cadet program.
“A variety of these cadets didn’t turn out to be cops, however you realize what they did?” he mentioned. “They grew to become good human beings. They grew to become good individuals due to the expertise they’d with these two.”
The Baileys exited to a tongue-in-cheek playlist that included Queen’s “One other One Bites the Mud,” Judas Priest’s “Breaking the Regulation” and John Mellencamp’s “Authority Music.” Regardless of their departure, Julie earlier suggested the cadets to pay it ahead as she and her husband did.
“The Baileys aren’t leaving you,” she mentioned. “We’ve poured ourselves into you, and we all know we’ve taught you properly so you may put yourselves into the subsequent generations.”