Top cop brings experience to Logan

William Thompson

Bob Gore, Logan’s First Officer in Charge, brings to the job over thirty years of law enforcement experience.

Gore began in Tucson then spent time as an officer in Portales and San Jon. He made Lieutenant working for the Rock Springs, Wyo. Police Department before coming back to eastern New Mexico. Gore said his time in Wyoming was accompanied by the sound of gunfire. “I got shot at on three separate occasions, but I didn’t get hit,” said Gore. “I can duck pretty fast.” Gore has been in charge of Logan Police nearly three years. He said Logan is a bit quieter than Rock Springs or Tucson. “Logan is a very quiet community,” he said. “Most citizens are law abiding. We deal mostly with misdemeanors here.”

Logan becomes a little noisier on holiday weekends throughout the summer. Gore said he and the two officers who work for him encounter little trouble even when large crowds descend upon the small town of a just over 1,000 residents. “Memorial Day weekend was quiet for us (the police) despite the large crowds,” he said. We get help from New Mexico State Police and the Ute Lake Park officers. We mostly dealt with traffic problems.” Gore said he keeps a visible presence on the streets of Logan. “I am a working supervisor,” he said. “I spend more time out on the streets than inside the office. There would be very few people in this town who would not know me.”

The Logan Police responded to 96 calls during May. Eleven people were arrested during that month, mostly on misdemeanor charges. Gore said major crimes are rare in Logan but he has dealt with a few. “A juvenile committed an armed robbery at Allsup’s last summer,” said Gore. “He apparently got drunk on some liquor he stole and passed out near his residence. We found that he had liquor on him which matched the description of the liquor that was stolen. Through further questioning we determined that he committed the armed robbery.”

Gore said a string of burglaries hit Logan last winter.
We think the robberies were committed by two or more subjects working together,” he said. “The case is still open. I think I know who one of the subjects is, but I’m awaiting more information from people in the community.”
Gore’s closest brush with danger as a Logan officer came when he was the first responder to a man driving down U.S. 54 threatening people with a gun. “I’m the one who took the gun away from him,” said Gore. “He was rather intoxicated. He fell down when he got out of his car, and I was able to get control of him and the gun.”

As Gore nears retirement age, he said he has no plans to give up police work anytime soon. “As long as I am physically able, I’d like to keep doing this job at least for a few more years,” he said. “Here in Logan, police work is more about helping people than in other departments I’ve worked for,” he said. “I get to help people more here, and I really enjoy that.”