Southwest Precinct change of command: Capt. Kessler’s farewell

September 29, 2010 at 4:23 pm | In West Seattle news, West Seattle police | 3 Comments

That’s what outgoing Southwest Precinct commander Capt. Joe Kessler told his team around noontime today as the precinct held an informal drop-in farewell reception. In our video, you see him with Lt. Von Levandowski and new commander Capt. Steve Paulsen. Like most office farewells, it was a time for handshakes and hugs – and cake…

(The SW logo is the same as the one on the new pins that we mentioned in our report two weeks ago on the command transition.) There was also a gift:

On the shirt sleeve, it says Precinct #1, in honor of the West Precinct that Capt. Kessler is about to take over (as announced two weeks ago) – headquartered downtown, but covering a wide span of the city, including Magnolia, Queen Anne, downtown, even the stadiums. Also on hand for today’s sendoff, Precinct Advisory Committee chair Pete Spalding of Pigeon Point:

It was roll-call time just before the event, so officers came and went – among those we saw, Sgt. Tony Baily, hailed last Friday by SPD leadership for calmly taking charge of the chaotic situation at the 14th SW murder-suicide scene a day earlier – he’s at left in this photo with Community Police Team Officer Kevin McDaniel:

The official transition day is this Friday – but the two captains already have been spending some time at their new posts. Capt. Kessler has led the SWP for almost two and a half years; Capt. Paulsen returns after 9 months working downtown, which followed more than four years at the SWP, where he was the Operations Lieutenant – second in command – before his move in January.

3 Comments

  1. Any liberal arts majors out there to translate:

    le(?a) est totus super reprehend (?obscured) scelesctus

    Comment by JayDee — 6:05 pm September 29, 2010 #

  2. We asked when we first saw it on the SW pins a couple weeks ago while interviewing Capts. Kessler and Paulsen and Lt. James simultaneously. Thought maybe it was like the classic fake-Latin “don’t let the b*stards get you down” that was on my mom’s law-school T-shirt (among many other places). They demurred exact interpretation aside from something about, nabbing the bad guys … TR

    Comment by WSB — 3:48 am September 30, 2010 #

  3. “Is est totus super reprehendo scelesctus” translates roughly as “It is all over when we catch the criminals”

    Comment by cjboffoli — 8:34 am September 30, 2010 #

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