Readers are Leaders | What does Truckee PD’s Detective Lopez read? |

Readers are Leaders | What does Truckee PD’s Detective Lopez read?

Truckee Police Department's Detective Arnie Lopez

TAHOE/TRUCKEE, Calif. — EDITOR’S NOTE: Detective Arnie Lopez with the Truckee Police Department is featured in this week’s Readers are Leaders series. To read past interviews with leaders who are readers, visit, search “Readers.”

Q: Is reading important in your life/career? How so?

A: Reading is essential in my life and career. Throughout life I have read a large amount of material not only for self education, but to better my social skills and work ethic. Self improvement in my career and life is very important to me. By reading, I am better able to understand the world and the mind set of the vast variety of human behaviors. Growing up I was shy, a hurdle I had to overcome. Applying what I absorbed through reading has made me a better communicator. Reading is not only educational; it provides the opportunity to boost the imagination through what is described within the literature. It is essential for me to read up-to-date laws and current events locally and around the nation to be an effective investigator for our department. Don’t ever let anyone tell you, “You can’t!” The answer is always out there in writing! You just have to look for it!

Q: What is your favorite children’s author — past or present?

A: Dr. Seuss

Q: If you were snowed in at a backcountry hut, what reading material would you want to have with you?

A: National Geographic.

Q: Why do you think readers are leaders?

A: They develop self-motivation, increased intelligence, effective communication, ability to educate others, ability to educate themselves and open-mindedness.

Q: Where is your favorite place to read/when is your favorite time to read?

A: At home during snowstorms next to the fireplace. The most rewarding is reading to my son when he asks me to read to him.

Q: What is your child’s favorite book and why?

A: The Pigeon book series by Mo Williams.


An enchanted forest, a princess’ palace, the rocky surface of the moon … children can visit the most amazing places when they read books with their parents and caregivers.

Not only is reading fun, research shows young children who spend time reading with their families enter kindergarten better prepared.

Following are tips to help parents and caregivers read with their children — who will soon be saying “Read to me, please.”

Read aloud: Read aloud with your child to help develop verbal skills.

Encourage early learning: Children begin learning the day they are born. It is never too early to start reading together.

Ask questions: Ask your child to point to certain colors or objects and have him or her follow along by pointing to words as you read aloud.

Decide to read daily: Children who are read to daily begin to develop both communication and thinking skills at a much younger age.

Take a trip to the library: Visit your local library for a free way to read and enjoy the latest book titles. Let your child choose the books you read together.

Offer age-appropriate books: The types of books you choose should increase in difficulty as your child ages.

Make reading fun: Help instill a love of reading — try using silly voices or acting out scenes from your favorite book.

Enjoy reading everywhere: For example, challenge your child to read street signs and billboards while driving or read labels and store signs aloud while grocery shopping.

Visit for more ideas about helping your child get ready for school.

Lindsay Dunckel is the executive director for First 5 Nevada County.

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