Saying Goodbye

June 2014 Retirements 077 L to R: Officer Murray, Det. Barnes, Sgt. Grimes, Det. Bateman, & Officer Cosens. Not pictured: Officer Burnell.

This is a late post — by a couple of weeks. But, I still wanted to make sure a note was posted. A couple of weeks ago we honored four retiring officers. It’s always a bittersweet moment when we celebrate a retirement. You’re sad they’re leaving, but also excited for their accomplishment (there’s probably a little dose of jealousy too!).

Happy Retirement Sgt. Phil Grimes, Det. Steve Barnes, Det. Curtis Bateman and Officer Mark Burnell! We wish them the best!

Here’s some career highlights:

Sgt. Grimes started at the IFPD in September 1984. He worked in patrol and investigations during his career. He was promoted to the rank of sergeant in December 2006. He served as the Public Information Officer between 2009 and 2011. During his career he work many high-profile cases and homicides, including the Angie Dodge homicide case for which he received a Commander’s Commendation. He was also awarded Officer of the Month and Employee of the Month In December 2004 and October 2006.

Officer Barnes started at the IFPD in November 1983. He worked in patrol, detectives and as a school resource officer at Eagle Rock Junior High. He is also the longest serving officer in the investigations division with 20 years. Barnes is considered a guru in financial crimes and arson investigations. He has several arson and $100,000-plus embezzlement convictions.

Officer Bateman started at the IFPD in August 1984. He has worked in animal control, patrol, investigations and was a member of the IFPD SWAT team. He was also involved with Crimestoppers. He received Commander’s Commendations in 2003 and 2010 as a result of his excellent investigative skills. He was also Officer of the Year in 1996.

Officer Burnell started at the IFPD in September 1987. His police career has included service in the IFPD patrol division and airport security at the Idaho Falls Regional Airport. He is also a certified Idaho POST instructor and a former member of the IFPD SWAT team. Burnell received Officer of the Month in March 2000 and Employee of the Month in June 2007 for his work. He was also recognized in 1999 for his efforts during a response to a house fire that killed three children.


Saying Goodbye