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Playing cards on deck for Truckee police officers

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Jason Kelley/Sierra SunTruckee police Lt. Harwood Mitchell holds a trading card from his previous department in Yuba City on Wednesday. The Truckee Police Department is trying to find sponsors so officers can have trading cards to hand out to the public.

The Truckee Police Department wants to earn the ranking of an “All-Star Team” in town with the introduction of police trading cards that mimic baseball cards this fall.

Police Chief Scott Berry said the trading card program is designed for the community to “find out the officer is more than just a policeman.”

“I hope it’s a program the community embraces,” Berry said.

The cards will provide a more personal touch, offering more than just a name and phone number, said police Sgt. Tim Hargrove. He said the trading cards generate a good feeling from people, showing that police officers are friendly and personable.

“[People] think cops are like robots,” Hargrove said.

Police officers will have their photograph taken for the front of the card with their biographies and personal messages on the back.

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Participating officers have the freedom to choose who or what they want in their photograph. Berry said many decide to have their picture taken with their families and children because that is what is most important to them. Others may choose to show their off-duty interests such as skiing, classic cars, or may just opt to stand in front of their patrol car.

“I thought about having my snowmobile (in the picture),” Hargrove said.

Participating police officers will each have 1,000 cards to carry in their pocket like business cards.

The local business community will be included as part of the program as sponsors for each officer. Each sponsor will be asked to pay $125 to cover the cost of the officer’s trading card expenses and will receive 50 trading cards of the person they sponsor and a poster that has all of the officers’ cards to display at their place of business.

The trading card program is also being funded by grant money, but more sponsors are still needed to support officers, Berry said. The trading cards should be ready for distribution by October and will be updated every two years.

Children especially enjoy getting the trading cards from police officers, Hargrove said.

“Children start saving them like crazy,” he said.

Around Christmas, Berry said the police department wants to have a contest for children who have a complete card collection and hold a drawing to win a bicycle.

Berry said the trading card program is voluntary and some officers may elect not to participate.