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Law enforcement supes up staffing levels for Fourth

Alanna Lungren
Sierra Sun

On motorcycles, in SUVs, by foot and on mountain bikes, the three law enforcement agencies in the area ” California Highway Patrol, Truckee Police Department and Placer County Sheriff’s Office ” will increase staff levels for the Fourth of July holiday.

The CHP is adding 12 additional cars Saturday as a part of their DUI Taskforce. This, after today’s nationwide I-80 Zero Tolerance Day, in which traffic law enforcement across country takes a harder stance toward speeders and other violations. Fourteen motorcycle cops will be added, with many of the additional officers traveling up the hill from Sacramento.

“We try for the most part to bring up the same officers,” said CHP Capt. Gary Ross. “They know the area, where they are at, where the problems are.”

The Placer County Sheriff’s Office will add several deputies to the force over the next five days, nearly quadrupling staffing, said Placer County Capt. Karl Fulenwider.

“We’ll have a lot on bikes, on foot and on the river at River Ranch,” Fulenwider said.

Both the CHP and the sheriff’s office patrol Highway 89 along the Truckee River from Tahoe City to River Ranch extensively, with many officers congregating where the rafters take out at River Ranch. However, this year unless the river flows slow down, there could be less of a focus on the Truckee River area.

Last Fourth of July commercial rafting companies were not able to operate, thus the law enforcement agencies’ staffing around the river moved into town. Some people complained about the seemingly high presence of officers on the holiday, however, Fulenwider said resources were just shifted around.

Truckee Police Department will maintain normal staffing until the Fourth when they will increase the number of officers on duty, said Rosemary O’Gorman, executive assistant for the Truckee Police Department.

The situations arising most often around the holiday for the Placer County Sheriff’s Office “stem from alcohol and other stuff,” Fulenwider said.

He said drinking is not allowed on the beaches, and “on land and on sea, we don’t want people crashing into each other … we don’t want a fireworks-related fire.”