Grant Anthony Jansen
In May, 2009, Police Officer Grant Anthony Jansen was added to the National Law
Enforcement Officers Memorial in Washington DC. Officer Jansen died tragically
on Wednesday, September 10, 2008 in the line of duty while returning home in a
single automobile accident after serving the St. Charles Community. The cause
of the accident is still unknown.
Grant was born in Springfield, MO on February 3, 1966. Grant spent his childhood days in Orchard Farm and then St. Charles, MO. Grant moved to the Arnold, MO area and attended Fox High School where he was a standout running back on the football team. Grant moved to Glendale, AZ where he graduated from Deer Valley High School and again starred on the football field. Grant was awarded a full athletic scholarship to play football at Arizona State. After debilitating knee injuries, Grant left football and returned to St. Charles, and later attended Lindenwood University. Grant married his wife Annette Behrens in the year 2000 in St. Charles. Together they had three sons, the late Cole Grant Jansen, Tyler Jansen, and Grant Anthony Jansen Jr., who Grant would never meet, and one daughter named Paige Jansen.
Officer Jansen, age 42 of St. Peters, MO was a twenty year law enforcement veteran, serving his last thirteen years with the St. Charles Police Department. Grant previously worked for the Berkeley Police Department and the St. Charles County Sheriff's Department. He was a 1989 graduate of the Eastern Missouri Police Academy.
For the last seven years of Officer Jansen's life, he worked as a K9 Police Officer for St. Charles Police Department. His role in the Mobile Reserve Unit and Community Action Team working criminal highway interdiction is where Grant distinguished himself. Grant and his K9 partner Czar worked together as a team and had years of success working the highways intercepting narcotics and cash proceeds of the Mexican Cartels. The criminal activity of the Cartels tears at the very fiber of our way of life. Grant and Czar worked tirelessly to keep our Nation safe with their interdiction efforts.
During the course of his criminal interdiction, Officer Jansen was involved in the seizure of over $2,512,790 in cash proceeds from narcotics traffickers. Grant further seized over 1900 pounds of marijuana, 20 pounds of crystal methamphetamine, and numerous firearms. Grant received numerous letters of commendations for his efforts.
On Sunday, December, 21, 2008, Grant's beloved K9 Czar passed away. Czar was an exceptional K9. Czar was not just a dog, he was more than that. He had human qualities. Czar was loyal, hard working, proud, and protective. Czar wagged his tail up until the end when he saw a police uniform, always ready to go to work. If any drug dealers snuck into heaven they are in for it now as the dynamic duo has been reunited. Maybe Grant needed Czar and called him home. There is most likely a game of fetch in progress.
Grant was also involved in many organizations affiliated with his career. He was a member of the St. Charles Police Officers Association, the Fraternal Order of Police, the Missouri Police K9 Association, the North American Police Working Dog Association, the National Narcotics Detector Dog Association, the Road Warriors, and Desert Snow. Grant and Czar gave countless K9 demonstrations for Scouts and our school children. Grant and Czar conducted presentations to Criminal Justice Classes at Lindenwood University. Grant was active in efforts to help Autism Speaks find a cure for Autism as well as to help raise funds for Autism Research as his son Tyler has been faced with the challenges of Autism. He also had a special place in his heart for SHARE, an organization to help those suffering the loss of an infant or pregnancy as he too experienced this type of loss in the first year of marriage to Annette.
Officer Grant Jansen was a hero, a husband, a father, a son, a brother, an uncle, a fellow co-worker, and a friend. He had a special gift of intuition and always overcame adversity. He was a family man, and a tough, but fair police officer who loved his family, his career, and his work as a K9 partner. He was admired by his fellow officers for the passion and dedication he demonstrated as a police officer and servant to his community.
Most of all, Grant was the rock of his family that he loved so dearly. He is greatly missed by all that knew and loved him. Grant will be in our hearts and thoughts forever. Thank you Grant for all that you have given us, and thanks for the memories.
-Sgt. Gary Schwendemann 091