80 North Main Street
Kaysville, UT 84037
Monday - Friday
8:30 AM TO 5:00 PM
Kaysville Police Officers are on duty 24 hours a day and can be reached through Davis County Dispatch
Kaysville Police Department History
Chief Lyle Larkins (May 18, 1926 - April 2, 2012)
In 1959, the first modern day police officer hired by Kaysville City was Lyle H. Larkins. Chief Larkins started the police department from the ground up. He had to use his own car, a used Cadillac, for a patrol vehicle. Lyle had a spot light mounted on it; however, it did not have a police radio. In those first days of police work in Kaysville, the public would call Lyle at home for his help. When Lyle was out on patrol, his wife, Nancy, would take calls from either the Sheriff's dispatcher or a citizen. She would then turn on the porch light, signaling Lyle when he drove by that there was a call waiting. Lyle would drive by his house about every half hour or so to see if the light was on. Initially, Lyle provided most of his equipment for his new police job and his office consisted of two desk drawers at the City Building.Lyle had no formal police training when he began his career in police work. He had served as a paratrooper in the U.S. Army and he had a natural ability coupled with common sense and bravery to deal with people and difficult situations. Within a few months of being hired, Lyle attended a two week police academy at Camp Williams. Lyle wasn't afraid of anything, an attribute Assistant Chief Lt. Elmer Morrison would often remark about when talking about his friend and fellow officer Lyle Larkins.From 1959 to 1990 Lyle developed the police department from a one officer department that had two drawers in the City Building, to a ten man police department with its own police station. The police department was in good hands with Chief Larkins. He had laid down the foundation that is our police department today, one of the best in Davis County and the State of Utah.
Chief David Helquist (Retired)
Chief David Helquist was hired officially by Lyle Larkins on September 1, 1972. David Helquist worked for Chief Larkins until 1990 when Chief Larkins retired. In 1972, David Helquist had just been released from five years of military police service in the United States Air Force. He was looking for a job and learned there was an opening at the Kaysville Police Department for a police officer position. David Helquist went to the city offices to inquire about the job and the receptionists working at the counter said that he needed to speak with Chief Lyle Larkins. They told David Helquist that he could find Chief Lyle Larkins at his house.David drove to Chief Larkins' house and knocked on the door. Chief Larkin answered the door and the two shook hands. It wasn't any ordinary hand shake; it was a strong steel grip hand shake. Dave tried to return the firm hand shake. Lyle said, "I like your hand shake. It's strong."
David met with Chief Larkins about the police job opening. As the conversation ended, Chief Larkins told David, "Drive up-town and find Officer Elmer Morrison," the night car. "You can ride around with him and get a feel for our City." This was the beginning of David Helquist's career. Chief Heqluist served with honor and integrity until 2007 when he made the choice to retire after 35 years of service to the City and the citizens of Kaysville City.
Chief Michael Lee (Retired)
Chief Michael Lee became interested in public safety and started out by being a volunteer fireman for Layton City. As time went on, he also worked part-time for Ace Ambulance Company in Ogden and obtained his EMT certification. Michael Lee then became a reserve police officer for Layton City and eventually became a dispatcher for them.While working as a dispatcher for Layton City Police, he applied to be a full-time police officer for the city of East Layton City. He was hired by East Layton City Police and attended the Utah Police Academy in January of 1977. He became certified as a police officer in March of 1977.
While working for East Layton Police, Michael learned that Kaysville City Police was hiring for a full-time police officer. He applied for the position and was interviewed by Chief Lyle Larkins and Mayor Glen Glundell. Micheal was hired and started his career with the Kaysville City Police Department on September 1, 1977. Micheal started out as a patrol officer and after a short time was put into the position as a school resource officer. He performed a lot of different duties and roles while working for Kaysville City and enjoyed every one of them. As a side note, he always wanted to be a full time firefighter and was on the Kaysville Volunteer Fire Department for a short time.
During his career at Kaysville City Police, he performed duties as a detective, Sergeant, Lieutenant, commander of the Davis Metro Strike Force, Captain/Assistant Chief, and was appointed as the Chief of Police prior to his retirement.