According to the book description of
Walk Awhile With Me: Poems and Thoughts, “Mr. Guthery is a law enforcement officer, a policeman, & has served with Bloomington City for over eight
years, he has received numerous awards & citations, including a City Commendation & a Citation of Honor from the Governor
of Minnesota for his actions while investigating a police matter.”
About the Bloomington
As Clay Nord, long-time town board
member and Bloomington's first police chief, said to the new Village Council in 1953, officers were needed to handle increases
in "rush hour traffic on thoroughfares" and to "avert the possibility of severe crime epidemics." The first six months of
that year, Minnesota Patrol, a private security firm, patrolled Bloomington as an auxiliary police force. Allegedly, the Hennepin
County Sheriff's Office had a one hour response time to calls for service from Bloomington.
The officers of the new department
patrolled an area larger than St. Paul, always in two-man cars on the night shift. Officers provided 24 hour coverage, 7 days
a week, and acted as bailiffs during court sessions which were held in the evening. Most of their work seemed to involve traffic
Today, Bloomington has more than
85,000 residents and a visiting population that tops that number every single day. The Police Department now has an authorized
strength of 116 sworn officers, 35 civilians, 2 animal wardens and an annual budget of $16 million.
Technology and communication play
a major role in assisting the department in its mission. Officers use Mobile Digital Computers in squad cars. Through numerous
computer systems, the department is linked to Hennepin County, the State of Minnesota, the Bureau of Criminal Apprehension
and other local governmental units. The department prides itself on its continuing commitment to training and technological
improvements that allow staff to work more efficiently and make Bloomington a safe place to live, work and play.