By Starla Pointer • Staff Writer • 

Carlton lands veteran officer

Starla Pointer / News-RegisterNew Carlton Police officer Robert Anderson.
Starla Pointer / News-Register
New Carlton Police officer Robert Anderson.

He started patrolling the city full time Feb. 1. He is currently working day shift alongside Chief Kevin Martinez, but soon will move to swing shift to provide additional hours of coverage for the city. He replaces an officer hired by the sheriff’s office.

Anderson said he will spend his time working with the community, responding to calls and engaging in traffic enforcement.

He has a special interest in enforcing laws against driving under the influence, he said, because he’s seen the devastation that can result. “It’s the most needless thing, and it can be so easily prevented,” he said.

Anderson said he agrees with the focus Martinez and the City of Carlton place on building a positive relationship between the police department and the community.

“Every agency has to have buy-in from the citizens,” he said. “We need them to report crimes and work with us, and they need to feel comfortable with us and feel like they have ownership.

“The more positive the relationship, the better. The idea is crime prevention.”

A native of Enterprise, Anderson started his law enforcement career in Amity in 1998. He moved to the YCSO to gain more varied experience with a larger agency, and spent 1999 to 2005 as a deputy. He gained experience with detective work and accident reconstruction, among other aspects of law enforcement.

After six years with the sheriff’s office, he joined the staff at the state Department of Public Safety, Standards and Training, the agency responsible for training and certifying law enforcement officers in Oregon. As a lieutenant with DPSST, he was exposed to the legislative process and the system for creating state policies and programs, such as those regarding how officers deal with veterans who may have PTSD.

He oversaw groups of officers from the time they entered the academy until they graduated — comparable to a drill sergeant, he said. “It was a huge learning curve for me to go from doing the job as an officer to teaching others to do the job,” he said.

Teaching increased his own skills and knowledge, he said, and he’ll bring that to his work in Carlton.

Before he came to the city, Anderson spent several months with the Coquille police. He had joined the department after deciding to leave DPSST.

But the Coos County city wasn’t the right fit for him. “And my wife and kids wanted to come back to this area,” he said.

He and his wife, Brenda, returned to their longtime home in Amity. Their children, a 27-year-old son and daughters 25 and 22, all are graduates of Amity High School.

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