Prescott Valley police Chief Bryan Jarrell needs help looking for his gun

| November 22, 2017 | 68 Comments

Devtun and Mick send us a link to the story of Prescott Valley, Arizona police Chief Bryan Jarrell who changed his clothes in a public restroom at the library forgetting his Glock 19 handgun for four days. Four days.

I’m not sure how a police officer forgets that he doesn’t have his gun for four days.

Anyway, he’s asking for the public’s help to find the handgun. I’m sure it will show up at a crime scene soon.

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  1. Frank says:

    Easy. Go tell the Chief it’s been placed on the shelf between “Firearm” and “Fv<kwit.”

  2. The Other Whitey says:

    Ya know, I have a lot of guns. Rifles, pistols, and shotguns. I’ve been known to carry one or two on occasion, and I take one with me on road trips. And we just moved to a new house, with all the chaos that implies. I can tell you the exact location and security measures of every weapon I possess at any given time.

    If a firearm is something you “lose track of,” you shouldn’t be armed.

  3. Graybeard says:

    So many questions:

    Changing his clothes in a public restroom?

    Not fully aware of where he left his firearm? What else has he “forgotten,” and where did he forget it?

    Four friggin’ days before he realized it was missing? What was he doing for four days?

    This story is astoundingly incomplete.

    In all my 6+ decades I have never so much as lost a pocket knife by putting it down somewhere and walking off – and I was carrying a pocket knife when I was 8. If I left it somewhere, it was on my dresser at home.

    • IZinterrogator says:

      I live in Prescott Valley. He claims he didn’t notice since he wasn’t working that weekend because of the Veteran’s Day holiday in his statement. He changed his clothes there because he was leaving a community meeting at the library and immediately went to a basketball game. Everything was neatly wrapped up in his statement, except for a reason why he should still hold a badge.

  4. Blue6 says:

    I like how the newspaper article refers to the Glock as his service “revolver.”

    Also, right at the end of the article, it mentions this has happened before (apparently not the same cop).

  5. Ex-PH2 says:

    Hey, Chief, I gotcher gun. Why don’t you come up and see me? Come up Wednesday night. That’s amateur night.

  6. Bobo says:

    It’s a good thing that he’s got the right to carry for life in any jurisdiction.

  7. JacktheJarhead says:

    Wonder if he is like that FBI Agent who got his gun stolen by a stripper. He is just using the “Library” as a cover. He probably got it stolen and had to think of something, I was in the Library! Yeah, That’s the ticket!!

  8. CB Senior says:

    Tell him to turn his head around. It is up his ass right next to his head.

  9. 26Limabeans says:

    It’s in a hollowed out book.

  10. CM says:

    Keep an eye on this one. Doesn’t smell right (at all).

  11. FatCircles0311 says:

    This must be the new straw purchase scheme. That is the only way I can fathoms such negligence.

  12. SFC D says:

    Bagram, 2002. One of my troopies finds a Beretta 9mm in the porty potty. We’re next to an MP unit, it’s fairly safe to assume it’s theirs. So I call, the young LT says yes it’s theirs, I’ll send someone to get it. SSG D says negative, Sir. I need a serial # for positive ID. He promptly blows an O ring, asks if I really expect him to do a weapons inventory at 0100. I say absolutely, sir. He says he’s gonna call his commander.

    LT shows up with a serial # and an apology 1 hour later.

  13. Hayabusa says:

    An Arizona police chief who accidentally left his service revolver in a restroom stall inside a library is asking for the public’s help in retrieving the weapon.

    A Glock 19 is a “service revolver” now? LOL.

  14. A Proud Infidel®™ says:

    I wonder if he’s related to Chief Whigham in Springfield?


    Perhaps he was in a toe-tapping situation in that Washroom….. Distraction for sure

  16. AW1Ed says:

    Glock- the pistol with a face only a mother could love.

  17. TacticalTrunkMonkey says:

    I am a 100% supporter of the Boys in Blue, but the lack of interest in training that most of them have scares me. I get that they are pressed for time between work and family life, and that sometimes money is hard, but your life is all about that badge and that gun, being able to use it in defense of your own life. For the love of all things holy, please start acting like a professional, chief!

    Just resign and save us all a lot of worry.
    I carry a sub-compact 1911 style gun (Sig P938), and as small as it is, and as often as I have used/changed in a public restroom, I have NEVER forgotten my pistol…EVER!

  18. HMCS(FMF) ret says:

    Hey, Chief… since you “lost” your gun, how about “losing” your badge?

  19. NHSparky says:

    Shit, even Barney Fife managed to keep his weapon under personal control.

    • rgr769 says:

      Yeah, Barney even managed to keep track of that one bullet Andy let him keep in his pocket. Maybe our Az “Chief” needs to get himself a pistol lanyard. I know we always had to have our “dummy cords” on our M-14s at Ranger school so students wouldn’t wander off without their weapons on patrol after 36 hours without sleep.

  20. ALVO says:

    Clothes change checklist, in order of importance. #1: Your weapon(s). #2:Your wallet. #3 Your Car/House Keys. After that ,whatever. I do this count down/up EVERY SINGLE FUCKING TIME I change my clothes, regardless of location, situation, and/or the pressure to “HURRY UP!!”. S.O.P. S.O.P. S.O.P. —- The last time I broke my S.O.P. I DID forget something. It was of little import,but still if it had been my wallet, my life would have been upside down for WEEKS trying to replace my cards. All that said, 4 days, FOUR DAYS?!?!

  21. rafe says:

    story for onion! thanks for lol!

  22. UpNorth says:

    The PD’s home page is a laugh riot. There is this:”Chief Bryan Jarrell is an experienced administrator and law enforcement executive. He possesses a wide range of competencies in law enforcement”. Except keeping his gun on his person? Strange, they don’t say he’s an experienced police officer, just an “experienced administrator” and “executive”.
    Reading his pedigree, it would seem that he’s not a real police officer. He spent 28 years at Southfield, Mi. PD, his last 10 years as deputy chief. His career at SPD seems to have been on the fast track, 10 years of 28 as deputy chief? So, probably 5 years as a patrolman, 3 or 4 years as a sergeant, ditto as an LT and 5 as a captain, all the while getting a degree in CJ, attending the FBI Academy, management seminars and schools. He probably isn’t even familiar with the weight of a pistol on his hip.

  23. Skippy says:

    So there is now a 500 dollar award for who ever finds or returns the gun

  24. ocean12 says:

    I had a former chief leave his pistol in a bathroom. About a week later a guy I arrested 2 years prior called the office and asked for me. He wanted to give the gun back without any trouble.

    We set up a meet and my guys took possession of the gun. The guy that turned it in had a couple of misdemeanor warrants that he walked on that night.

    All we got from the chief was a curt “thanks” and it was back to work for us. 19 years on the job and I am still surprised by a few things.

  25. 11B-Mailclerk says:

    Not saying where or when on this one:

    Find someone’s sidearm, where it should never have been left.

    Clear the sidearm.

    Put it in a properly-sized ziplock bag, inflate it, and seal it.

    Double bag it, making sure all seals are tight

    Find a suitable thin plastic container, big enough to hold the air-bagged sidearm with at least an inch on all sides.

    Mix up a batch of clear plastic resin and hardener. (The kind a trophy shop uses to make “cast-in momento” awards.

    Cast the air-bagged sidearm in plastic.

    When fully hardened, use a sander to remove the plastic container from the casting, then use finer and finer sandpaper on one side to polish it smooth, thus clear. Buff that one side to a really nice finish. (You -could- do the whole thing, but that is even more work, and the clock is ticking…)

    Gift wrap the result, so the clear side it not immediately apparent upon opening, and stash in a place to which the person issued the sidearm has access.

    Leave the (by now panicked) absent-minded person a note saying where to find the sidearm.

    Steathfully get a Polaroid of the moment of unwrapping. (For later use as another “gift”.) (this step can be quite challenging… but gloriously useful later)

    Note: Do -not- omit the bag, or the inflation thereof. -That- would be … difficult to correct. -If- properly done, it is not terribly difficult to cut into he block and free the sidearm.

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