C. W. Jensen

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Charles. W. Jensen
Born Portland, Oregon, U.S.
Other names C. W.
Relatives Anna (daughter)
Police career
Department Portland Police Bureau
Years of service 1976–2004
Rank Captain
Other work TV Commentary of Police Videos

Charles W. "C. W." Jensen is a retired captain of the Portland Police Bureau in the U.S. state of Oregon. Jensen was also a regular on the FOX television series World's Wildest Police Videos. He also appeared on other police-related programs, including American Detective and World's Scariest Police Chases, which first aired in 1991 and 1997 respectively.

Police career[edit]

Jensen spent over 20 years with the Portland Police Bureau, and retired as a captain after a career that included assignments in homicide, hostage negotiation, and undercover street crime operations. He was a patrol shift commander and also commanded Internal Affairs and the Training Division.

He has written several articles about his experience when he shot and killed an armed robbery suspect who was holding a hostage.[1][2] He has also spoken frequently with his former partner about a homicide investigation involving three pre-teen boys in the late 1980s. Then Detective Jensen and Sgt. David Trimble of the Clark County, Washington Sheriff's Office arrested Westley Allan Dodd who confessed to sexually assaulting and murdering the young boys. Dodd was executed by hanging in the State of Washington in 1993. It was the first execution in Washington in decades. Noted crime author Gary King wrote a book about the case called Driven To Kill.[3] Captain Jensen first met Paul Stojanovich, the producer of World's Scariest Police Chases, when he and his partner in the homicide squad appeared in the premiere episodes of ABC's American Detective in the early 1990s. He was the Portland Police Spokesman from 1994 to 1996.

Disciplinary history[edit]

Jensen was investigated in 1999 for allegedly claiming improper reimbursement on some meals. However, the investigation was suspended when Jensen took medical leave from his police job, claiming trauma from a previous shooting and alcohol abuse meant that he was no longer fit for the job. Jensen then requested to continue with his old job in September 2003, which subsequently caused the investigation to resume. Jensen was then interviewed by Dr. David Corey to determine whether he was fit for duty. However, this interview contradicted many of Jensen's previous statements, leading Jensen to claim medical leave again.[4] This led to Jensen being fired in March 2004 for engaging in a "pattern of deceptive behavior" Jensen was fired by then Mayor Vera Katz. After Jensen threatened Katz with a lawsuit, a monetary settlement was reached that reinstated him as a captain for retirement reasons.[5]


After retiring from the Portland Police Bureau, Jensen became a television reporter at KGW-TV, the NBC affiliate in Portland. Jensen filled the role as police expert. Jensen is also the crime and police expert for KXL radio in Portland.[6] Most recently Jensen has appeared in a series of television infomercials. He has appeared on the Maury Povich Show several times, and has become a frequent contributor on the Nancy Grace Show. Jensen has one daughter, Anna. With the ongoing investigation of the Kyron Horman case in Portland, Oregon, Jensen has appeared on several national news programs as an expert commentator. Most recently he appeared on Season one episode two of ID's Real Detective titled Malice. It chronicled the Dodd investigation and arrest.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "What It's Really Like To Shoot Someone" - Tom McMahon. Retrieved 25 January 2007.
  2. ^ "The dead guy" - Jack Bog's Blog. Retrieved 25 January 2007.
  3. ^ "Driven to Kill" - The Official Website of Author Gary C. King. Retrieved 25 January 2007.
  4. ^ "CW Jensen" - Willamette Week Online. Retrieved 25 January 2007.
  5. ^ "Holiday bits and bites." - Willamette Week Online. Retrieved 25 January 2007.
  6. ^ "KXL's Experts on the 20's" - KXL News Radio Station. Retrieved 25 January 2007.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SlaJKWuP4Vo Jensen is set to appear in the second episode of ID channel series "Real Detective 01/14/2016 based on the Dodd child killings. The series premieres Jan 7 2016 http://www.thefutoncritic.com/news/2015/12/24/homicide-detectives-relive-the-cases-that-haunt-them-in-investigation-discoverys-raw-and-gritty-series-real-detective-237210/20151224id01/

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