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Police veterans say good-by

Gregory Crofton, Tahoe Daily Tribune

Eighty-seven years of police experience will retire in the next week.

South Lake Tahoe Police Department said goodbye Tuesday to three longtime officers: Bob Camara, Ken Hunt and Rich Hogbin.

“This is a fun time and also a sad time,” said Brad Bennett, chief of police and fire. “They have a combined 66 years at our department and 87 overall. That’s a big loss. It’s also a tremendous accomplishment. We’re going to really miss them all.”

Camara, 57, started his career with the San Jose Police Department in 1966. He worked there until he was hired by SLTPD in 1978.

“I have mixed feelings, I’ve been doing this 35 years,” Camara said of retirement.

Bennett recognized Camara for excellent interpersonal skills and being a valued member of the department’s hostage negotiation team.

In his retirement, Camara plans to hit Mardi Gras in New Orleans, then cut over to Bike Week in Daytona, Fla., because he’s loves motorcycles. He also has tentative plans to live at Arizona’s Lake Havasu.

Next up was Ken Hunt. He began his career in 1978 with the Department of Public Safety at California State University, Domingo Hills. He worked there until 1979 when he was sworn in at the SLTPD.

Bennett recognized Hunt for “becoming one of the most accomplished and respected investigators the department has known” and earning 38 commendations from community members, supervisors and others. Hunt, 54, said his future lies on white and green hills.

“Full-time in alpine skiing and golfing,” he said. “I moved to Lake Tahoe to work and retire and the time has come.”

Hogbin was last in line to receive his proclamation. He started his career in 1972 at the Fullerton Police Department until he began working for SLTPD in 1980.

Bennett recognized the 52-year-old for “exceptional ability to relate to the citizens … as well as the members of the police department where he served as a peer counselor.” He was also complimented for his work to prevent domestic violence, which included establishing a solid relationship with the South Lake Tahoe Women’s Center.

Hogbin was the only officer to take the stage after he was given the proclamation. Known for his sense of humor, he didn’t disappoint.

“I went through my locker. A lot of my stuff is going to Canton, Ohio, and the police hall of fame.”

Then he went on to hand out presents to colleagues, one being mustache anti-freeze for the long cold night of New Year’s Eve.

Hogbin plans to move to Dana Point, Calif., where other members of his family live, and take his 1967 GTO to car shows.

“My first day at work was the Harveys’ bombing. It’s been very interesting. But now I’m looking forward to retiring in Southern California.”

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