LAYTON — As long as Davis County Sheriff’s Lt. Jennifer Daley serves with the sheriff’s office, she hopes to work in the community, taking shifts on patrol and following up with victims and those she has arrested.
Daley is this year’s recipient of the Davis Chamber of Commerce’s Athena Award to be given at a Women in Business Luncheon, Feb. 21 at the Davis Conference Center, 1651 N. 700 West. The luncheon begins at 11:30 a.m.
Daley was chosen for the international award on a nomination from the community because she epitomized the criteria of the award, according to Angie Osguthorpe, director of sales and marketing for the chamber. Criteria include supporting women’s issues, representing their profession well and mentoring and supporting women.
“She’s in the trenches everyday,” Osguthorpe said. “She serves Davis County by example. Daley has worked for the sheriff’s office since 1989, when she was hired as a dispatcher. In 1993, she went through POST (Peace Officers Standards and Training) and was hired as a deputy, serving first as a courtroom bailiff while she waited to enter paramedic’s school.
She served as a patrol deputy, and then served a year as an undercover officer with the Davis Narcotics Strike Force.
In 2008, Daley was promoted to sergeant and in 2012 she was promoted to lieutenant, first serving over the paramedics/patrol division and recently transferring to the detectives division.
Working in law enforcement was something Daley had in the back of her mind from the time she was quite young, she said.
As a teen, she met a woman named Denise Keller, a private investigator, who encouraged Daley. When she was only 19, Daley worked with Keller. The job solidified her career goals.
“When I moved to Utah, the sheriff’s office was the first place I applied,” she said.
As police officers move through the ranks, the desk portion of the job sometimes overtakes the fieldwork. Daley isn’t letting that happen. Getting out into the community of patrol shifts “helps keeps my law enforcement and paramedic’s skills fresh,” said.
“I love to help people,” she said. That means she goes beyond taking the bad guy to jail.
“I follow-up, making sure they know what resources are available to them in the community,” she said.
She also follows up with victims she may have helped in her role as a paramedic, seeing that they are aware of counseling or other resources.
“I’m more of a behind-the-scenes cop. I always check back, doing a different kind of follow-up,” she said.
Receiving the Athena Award “is a very humbling experience,” Daley said. “I probably don’t understand the magnitude of the award, but I understand it’s a real honor.”