Four Lodi Police officers were scheduled to attend Friday's swing-shift briefing, but nearly 30 showed up. They came to say goodbye to Lt. Steve Price, a nearly 30-year veteran of the police force whose last shift ended when the meeting did.
The swing-shift meetings are held daily to inform officers about important events to be aware of during their shift. Typically, meetings held on Furlough Fridays feature a skeleton staff and end quickly, but Friday's session featured officers congratulating Price on a career that spanned multiple decades and investigation skills that brought down a local embezzler. While members of the audience joked with Price and said he would be coming back to the department in a matter of months, Price said he was definitely calling it a career.
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