My name is Eric Young, and I am the new Chief of Police for Ogden City. I wanted to take a minute of your time and tell you about myself and my plans for our Police Department. My father was a graduate of Ogden High School, and my mother, Weber High. They met just after high school and married. My father left college and joined the Army, and was sent to Ft. Eustis, Virginia, to learn to pilot helicopters. My father was deployed to Vietnam once he completed flight school. I was born in June of 1969 at Fort Eustis, and my father was killed when the helicopter he was piloting was struck by a mortar in March of 1970. My mother and I returned to Weber County and have remained since. I graduated from Weber State University in 1991. I met my wife, Erin, while both of us were working at McKay Dee Hospital, and we were married in 1994. We have three daughters.
I began working for the Ogden Police Department (OPD) in 1993. In 27 years, I have worked as a patrol officer, DARE Officer, School Resource Officer, Investigator, and a Community Policing Officer. I was promoted to Sergeant in 2007, Lieutenant in 2010, and Deputy Chief of Police in 2012. I became Chief on January 16th, 2021. I completed my master’s degree in Management and Leadership in 2019 and graduated from the Federal Bureau of Investigations National Academy in 2016.
I have spent my career highly focused on relationships in the community. I built relationships through my work in the Ogden City Schools as a Community Policing Officer, Sergeant, and Lieutenant, and while serving on non-profit boards such as Your Community Connection and Ogden Weber Community Action Partnership. I am committed to building and maintaining relationships between our police department and communities in Ogden, specifically underrepresented communities and communities of color. OPD will only see true success in reducing crime in Ogden when we engage all citizens to reduce crime and disorder in our city. Sir Robert Peel was the founder of the modern police department, and in the mid-1800s, was quoted as saying, “The police are the public and the public are the police; the police being only members of the public who are paid to give full-time attention to duties which are incumbent on every citizen in the interests of community welfare and existence.” Relationships are the foundation of our efforts, but there are other footings that support that foundation.
Technology will continue to be at the front in the Ogden Police Department. We have received innumerable awards and recognition for our efforts as a leader in technology. We were the first city in Utah to develop and implement a Real-Time Crime Center, which has evolved into the Area Tactical Analysis Center. We are implementing a cutting-edge License Plate Reader system and utilize an FAA-approved Unmanned Arial Vehicle program. We are committed to success through strategy. We have a printed Strategic Plan built on our Value and Mission Statements. We consume and analyze large amounts of data to ensure that we are reaching our benchmarks and key performance indicators.
You’re likely to see me on the trails above Ogden as I love mountain biking. My wife and I are also avid scuba divers, and I spend much of my winters in the mountains above Ogden on a snowmobile. I look forward to the challenge and responsibility my appointment brings.
If you would like to visit with me, please give my assistant a call. I would love to meet with you (801-629-8226).