Lexington police officer retires after 32 years on the force

Courtesy/ Lexington Police Department. Sgt. Diane Reiber.

RRN/ Sgt. Reiber reflects on plaque presented to her during retirement reception.

RRN/ Fellow Lexington Police officers attend retirement reception for Sgt. Diane Reiber.

Lexington Police Sgt. Diane Reiber retired last week after more than 32 years of service to the City of Lexington. During a reception Friday afternoon, Police Chief Tracy Wolf remarked that it involved many nights away from home and many cold and hot days wearing a heavy bullet-proof vest, gun belt, weapon and other equipment.

Reiber started her law enforcement career with Kearney State College in campus security. She joined the Lexington Police Department in 1982. At that time, Chief Wolf said officers completed many handwritten reports, used typewriters, carbon copy forms, Polaroid cameras and huge portable radios that they shared. He said that Reiber "adapted well to the ever-changing world of law enforcement and the transformation that has occurred here in the City of Lexington." He noted that her career spanned the tenure of 4 police chiefs.

It was when Reiber was a student at Kearney High School that she knew she wanted to be of service to her country or her community. She developed a strong desire to become a police officer while attending Kearney State College. Reiber told those at her reception that it was a privilege to serve Lexington and the community. She says she enjoyed interacting with the people and helping residents in any way she could. One area of interest was children and being a mentor to them. She adds that there is more to law enforcement than writing tickets and arresting people. She says "we're there to help".

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