Sergeant Lounsbury Retires from Department June 20, 2018

June 26, 2018 will conclude Sergeant Robert Lounsbury’s 35-year career as a public servant working for the Coos Bay Police Department.  Last week, Sergeant Lounsbury announced his plan to retire at the end of the month. 

Lounsbury began his career on March 23, 1983 when he attended his first Explorer meeting for the Coos Bay Police Department Explorer Post 9-11. During his time as an Explorer, Lounsbury held the position of Unit Captain for approximately five years until he was transitioned to a Reserve Officer in 1989.  As an Explorer and a Reserve Officer, Lounsbury volunteered thousands of hours in ride-alongs, community events, traffic control, meetings, training, K-9 training, and countless other activities. 

On November 1, 1990, Lounsbury was hired full time as a Police Officer.  During his tenure as a police officer, Lounsbury held many various positions including Explorer Post Advisor, FTO, Safety Town Instructor, DARE Officer, School Resource Officer and he was Coos Bay Police Department’s first trained Bicycle Patrol Officer. 

On December 1, 1999, Lounsbury was promoted to a Sergeant.  During his tenure as a Sergeant, he was trained as an Emergency Vehicle Operation instructor, Traffic Stop instructor, and a Survival Skills instructor.  Lounsbury was assigned to investigations as a Detective Sergeant for two years. Lounsbury planned and lead a team of Coos Bay Police Officers that became known as Coos Bay to UK in 2006. The team traveled to the United Kingdom on a goodwill mission to learn about their policing and provide them with some drug/domestic violence training.  The team cycled across England.  Lounsbury represented the Coos Bay Police Department at two Western States Police and Fire Games and one World Police and Fire Games. 

The retirement of Sergeant Robert Lounsbury will surely leave the Coos Bay Police Department with a great void; however, we all wish him a very happy and long well-earned retirement.