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Stanfield Community Reacts to the Two Officers Put on Leave Last Week

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STANFIELD, OR- On Monday, we went to Stanfield to talk with community members about the two officers put on administrative leave last Thursday. We caught up with one woman who was getting her hair done at a popular salon off of Main Street. 

Kathy Baker told us, "I was shocked, I mean literally shocked". She owns a boutique a block away from the police station and told us she had no idea this was coming, "I've been open for a little over a year and there's always been an officer near and around my building at night when I close and I just happened to notice just a few days ago that I haven't seen one and then this all came out on Friday".

She was getting her hair styled at a salon where the Police Chief Bryon Zumwalt works out in the gym off the back of the building. The salon owner, April Kowalski-Milbrodt told us her son was given his junior police badge by Chief Zumwalt last summer and she has a lot of respect for him. She told us, "Zumwalt has a key to my business, he comes in and works out and there's never ever been a problem". 

Kowalski-Milbrodt also told us both officers are very active members in the community at events year round. "he's helped with the Fourth of July committees, he has been around for the Locks of Love, him and his officers were around for our Fall Festival, and when our boys or girls make it to state he or his officers make sure they're escorting us through town". 

Baker told us, "I think it's sad because they're all people, they're police officers yes, but still". Kowalski-Milbrodt agreed and added, "it's not about sweeping it under the rug and trying to protect them.. it's about giving them the privacy and the respect they deserve because they put that uniform on every day to protect us".