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Policing is the family business for interim Spokane chief Justin Lundgren

Justin Lundgren’s first memories of the Spokane Police Department are from home.

His dad would come home for lunch in the middle of his shift, pulling his classic patrol car with the single blue light on top into the family’s driveway.

Lundgren and his brothers, Nick and Steven, would show off the car to their friends and try to convince their dad to turn on the lights and sirens. Nick Lundgren remembers his dad letting him use the PA system to talk to his mom in the house.

Decades later, Justin Lundgren, 48, isn’t just a police officer – he’s leading the department of 350 officers as interim police chief. Nick Lundgren is a detective. Their father, Jim Lundgren, is cheering on his boys from retirement, offering advice as they follow in his footsteps.

In 1973, Jim Lundgren had just left the U.S. Navy, where he was a mechanic. He had begun attending school…

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