Meet Truckee’s Police Force
The Truckee Police Department was officially sworn in Tuesday morning during a public ceremony at Truckee Regional Park. The ceremony was attended by approximately 150 family, friends, and officials from over a dozen agencies across California.
And with the preseason over, Chief Dan Boon has reason to be optimistic.
“These guys have so much energy, they are going to make my job easy,” he said of the 20 officers under his command.
The police department will begin operations at 12 a.m. Saturday.
“To get here (to the ceremony) was great. But (starting operations) is really going to be fun,” Boon said.
“This is a big day, professionally and personally, for me and my family,” said Cmdr. Scott Berry, whose ear-to ear-grin showed no sign of fading even an hour after the ceremony.
The ceremony, which got off to a somber start with a moment of silence in recognition of slain Reno Police Department Officer John C. Bohach and the two firefighters killed on Monday in Mendocino County, included speeches by Town Manager Stephen L. Wright, Truckee Mayor Don McCormack and Chief Boon.
“This event has been two years in the making,” Wright said, referring to when town officials began deliberating about the formation of a police department. In August 2000, Town Council made it official by notifying Nevada County that the contract for law enforcement services by Nevada County Sheriff’s Offices would not be renewed by Truckee.
“That represented a significantly bold move on the Council’s part,” Wright added.
“(Today) is a big deal, a very, very big deal,” Mayor McCormack said. “When you put armed officers on the street the responsibility is huge.”
McCormack thanked three people within the new department for being instrumental in its formation: Chief Boon, Cmdr. Berry and Executive Assistant Rebecca Hayes.
“Without them, we wouldn’t be here today.”
The formation of the police department means the town will have more control over law enforcement services, McCormack said.
“And with assured assignments in the area, officers are more likely to live in the area. The person responding to a call is your neighbor.”
Town Clerk Patt Osborne administered the oath of office before the officers had their badges pinned on them.
Most of the officers’ wives did the honors, though sons, daughters, moms and dads were also well represented.
Stanley Lupinski, a 36-year veteran of the New York Police Department who has retired to Yuba City, pinned the badge on officer Rick Christensen. Christensen is one of the six officers and sergeants to transfer from the Nevada County Sheriff’s Office.
Several law enforcement agencies were present, including Sierra and Sutter County sheriff’s departments and officers from Nevada City, Grass Valley, Auburn, South Lake Tahoe and Sacramento police departments. And, of course, Nevada County Sheriff’s Office.
“They are going to take what (NCSO) has done and they are going to take it to the next level,” said NCSO Capt. Gary Jacobson, who watched with mixed emotions as the officers were being sworn in. “I’m excited for these guys, but I’m sad for myself. I’m going to miss this Truckee. I love this community.”
Chief Boon’s optimism was shared by many in attendance, including Lupinski.
“I know cops. And this guy is going to be a great cop,” he said of Christensen. “Follow him and you’ll get great stories.”
Bill Rozak is live from Sierra-at-Tahoe.