This letter is to recommend Deputy Justin Mortensen for
employee of the month. To start off I am going to tell a short
story. I recently had a conversation with my sister and she
asked me if I had been involved in the high-profile case that
has made National News regarding two parents from Elk
Ridge that were arrested for rubbing pain medication on
their new born baby’s gums to hide withdrawal symptoms
from the hospital staff. I told my sister that I had been
involved because the case was investigated by a Deputy that
I work with (Mortensen.) I told my sister that the said Deputy
went above and beyond what other patrol officers might do
because the case became personal when Mortensen found
out that the children had all tested positive for drugs. My
sister stated, “it is good to know that there are police out
there that really care and they aren’t just at work to collect
a pay check.” This statement really sums up how Deputy
Mortensen goes about his job, he cares.
Mortensen has been my “go to guy” since he came to my
patrol team. Over the past two months he has had several
notable cases that he has put in an extra effort. Besides
regular calls for service he has been proactive and made
a DUI and several drug arrests. Recently he was working
an overtime shift for coverage in Eagle Mountain. He took
a report of a family member writing fraudulent checks.
He investigated further and even had to write a search
warrant for Wells Fargo Bank to give him any information.
The suspect was located by the family the next day which
was Mortensen’s day off (Sunday) to book the suspect on
the charges that he had on her. Mortensen investigated a
shooting in Spanish Fork Canyon which he did an excellent
job. He made an arrest on Sandy Beach and has made
multiple warrant arrests. Mortensen has also been called
a few times to the Utah County Jail to assist them with
different assault investigations which have ended with
multiple felony assault charges.
Now I would like to explain the Elk Ridge Case further. In
June, Mortensen was called to the house by a family member
because the family member had been inside the home and
saw drug paraphernalia. Mortensen seized the environment
and wrote a search warrant for the house. After finding drug
paraphernalia, Mortensen interviewed both parents and
filed charges. He got DCFS involved, the children were taken
by DCFS and drug tested. Mortensen kept in contact with
DCFS to make sure that the kids were taken care of. At the
same time Mortensen was taking calls from other concerned
family members. The family was telling Mortensen that the
parents were out of jail and using drugs again. Mortensen
went above and beyond and found enough evidence for
another search warrant. That same day, Mortensen got
the warrant, rounded up help and they served the warrant.
Evidence was found again and Mortensen interviewed the
parents again. This is where the charges came from for
rubbing pain medication on the baby’s gums.
Cannon explained that a citizen, Mr. Parkin, had called
in to compliment how helpful and professional Deputy
Mortensen was when Mr. Parkin had questions. I received
another compliment from Sgt. Adams who took another
compliment regarding Deputy Mortensen and the extra
effort that he put into a case.
Justin Mortensen deserves to be recognized for his
professional and hard work.
Sergeant Justin Gordon