By Blake Spurney
Hesston Record Staff
New Hesston police officer Joshua Crowe likes to patrol in a small town because it allows him more time to talk to people.
"It's just go, go, go," he said about patrolling in Salina. "I can meet more people [here] in the community."
Crowe said he often answered 25 calls during a shift in Salina. He witnessed lots of drug activity there and sporadic gang activity.
"There's quite a bit more chases," he said about his old job. "My last chase wasn't the best experience."
A Hesston police cruiser Crowe was driving caught fire after a chase Jan. 26 in what was just his third week on the job.
Crowe was involved in one short chase in Salina that ended with a wreck and subsequent seizure of three grams of methamphetamine. He chased the suspect for 1 1/2 blocks before he lost track of him. A police dog tracked the suspect to a basement stairwell.
"That was nice to get off the street," he said about the drugs.
Crowe has worked one stabbing, and the case is still pending. He hasn't yet had to testify as an officer.
"There were a few homicides when I was there," he said. "I was asleep luckily when they all occurred."
Before working in Salina, he spent 2 1/2 years in Minneapolis. Originally from Anthony, Crowe wanted to work in Hesston to be closer to his family. He previously applied for a job with Hesston police in 2015.
"I like the department," he said. "I like everybody I work with. I went to the academy with [Jacob] Garver. I just liked Hesston. It's a neat little town."
Most residents likely haven't had much contact with Crowe on duty because he works the 11 p.m.-7 a.m. shift. He often visits with people when he gets coffee at Casey's. He enjoys the aspect of community policing. Otherwise, most of his time is spent driving the streets of Hesston.
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