All in the Family

Central Oregon Daily’s Curtis Vogel speaks with a Bend family that’s been serving and protecting the community for three generations.

When Bend Police Lieutenant Clint Burleigh puts on his uniform he carries on a family tradition that’s been going on in Bend for seven different decades. Burleigh is the third member of his family to serve in the department. Clint’s grandfather, Bob, started with the Bend PD in 1951, and Clint’s father, Dave, started his police career in Bend in 1974.

Clint now has two children of his own, a 13-year-old and 9-year-old. He said if they came to him and asked about becoming a police officer he wouldn’t recommend that they do the job just anywhere, but if they felt strongly about joining the Bend Police Department he would support them. He said he believes Bend PD does things the right way.

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