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Police department hits the streets

Erich Sommer, Sierra Sun

The Truckee Police Department’s first weekend was a busy one, with officers fielding more than 30 calls and making close to a dozen arrests over the Labor Day weekend.

The police department took over law enforcement services from the Nevada County Sheriff’s Office at 12 a.m. on Saturday.

“We’ve been pretty busy,” Cmdr. Scott Berry said on Tuesday. “For the first three days over 34 reports have been taken.”

Berry said the reports resulted in 11 arrests, four of which were for felony violations.

The department’s first arrest was at 12:04 a.m. on Saturday after it was determined a suspect went behind the bar of the Tourist Club and removed a wallet from a purse.

The 72-year-old man was taken into custody and booked into Nevada County Jail for possession of stolen property.

Felony arrests were also made for false imprisonment, assault, corporal injury of spouse and lewd and lascivious acts with a minor.

Officers made three DUI arrests over the weekend. One of the DUIs was issued to the operator of a boat on Donner Lake.

Berry said the only bugs in the system were in the computers.

“We are still working with Nevada County to get the reports to the courts in a responsible fashion,” he said. “It’s now our responsibility, but Nevada County is still helping us out.”

Berry said the department is also hoping to add two more officers to the roster within the next few days.

“Hopefully by the end of the week we will have two more on board. That will fill 23 of 25 positions.”