PLEASANT VIEW -- Police Chief Scott Jackson has been appointed by Gov. Gary Herbert to a position on the Utah Board of Juvenile Justice. It is an eight-year term.
As part of his duties, Jackson will work with other UBJJ members to advise the governor on juvenile justice matters and work to develop an effective juvenile justice system throughout the state.
Jackson will be working with legislators and the Commission on Juvenile Justice to achieve this goal.
Jackson started his law enforcement career as a patrol officer with the Kanab City Police Department. He has been the chief in Pleasant View since 1999.
During his career Jackson has been a deputy sheriff, a narcotics agent, and was the program director for the Kane County Narcotics Strike Force.
Jackson was also a Pleasant View detective for three years before becoming the chief of the department.
Jackson said he is continuing a family tradition steeped in law enforcement. His great-grandfather, Joseph E. Burbidge, was the Salt Lake City chief of police in the early 1900s. His grandfather, Joseph D. Burbidge, was one of Utah's first crime scene technicians.
His father, Robert M. Jackson, graduated from the University of Utah Law School and went on to become a special agent for the FBI. Jackson's uncle, Norman Jackson, was a justice on the Utah Appellate Court and his cousin, Maxwell Jackson, is currently the chief of police in Harrisville.
Jackson graduated from the FBI National Academy in Quantico, Va., in March 2006.
Jackson also initiated the Northern Weber Youth Court with cooperation and assistance from Weber High School and the Weber State University Criminal Justice Department as well as Weber School District, Second Juvenile Court, the Weber County Youth Court Committee and local judges and prosecutors.
The Youth Court trains high-school age youths to act as judges, attorneys, clerks and bailiffs in actual criminal cases. The Youth Court does not determine guilt, but provides appropriate consequences for youths who admit their mistakes, to hold them accountable for their actions.