The Idaho Falls Police Department is saying goodbye and thank you to Capt. Joe Cawley as he retires following 24 years of service.
Cawley officially retires on Feb. 25.
“We are truly grateful for Joe’s service,” Idaho Falls Police Chief Mark McBride said. “He not only fulfilled the duties of a police officer honorably and professionally, but he also brought great perspective, expertise, knowledge and commitment as an administrator within our department. He will be missed.”
Cawley began his career at the IFPD in September 1993. He served in many capacities, including in the patrol, investigations and training divisions. He also served as the Public Information Officer and a polygrapher for the department.
He was promoted to sergeant in June 2002, lieutenant in February 2006 and captain in 2013. As a captain he managed and oversaw the operations of the investigations division. Most recently he was assigned to the Services Division.
As the Services Captain, he was responsible for managing and overseeing Dispatch, Animal Services, Records, Evidence and Professional Standards Divisions.
During his career, Cawley was recognized multiple times for his police service, including receiving Commander’s Commendations in February 2003 and November 2005. He received those commendations for his work on a drugs and counterfeiting case and a sex-offender tracking program.