Truckee PD working to find place in community
As part of a community outreach effort, the entire Truckee Police Department is participating in a trading card program designed to show that officers are more than just policemen.
The police trading cards were originally scheduled to be ready by October, but with 30 police personnel participating, the process is taking longer than expected, said police Chief Scott Berry.
Ready for distribution by early December, each card will resemble a baseball trading card with individual photographs, biographies and personal messages. Around Christmas, youngsters who collect the whole set of trading cards will be eligible to win a bicycle in a raffle, Berry said.
So far, the community’s response to the trading card program has been excellent, he said.
“Every card is sponsored by someone in Truckee,” Berry said.
Downtown businesses, restaurants, local organizations and individuals are sponsoring police personnel by paying $125 to cover the cost of the trading card expenses, Berry said. Each supporter 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.
El Toro Bravo chose to sponsor police Officer Richard Grundy because he is a good friend, said Mike Guzman, restaurant manager. Guzman said he thinks the trading card program will show the community that police officers “are working for us … to see them in a better light.”
“For most young kids their first contact with police is not a pleasurable experience,” Guzman said.
Truckee has a large police force for such a small town, Guzman said, and maybe the outreach program will help the police department find its place here.
Berry said Truckee police will meet next week to discuss more ways officers can connect with the community. Currently, the police department is involved in programs such as neighborhood watch, bike and snow safety, National Night Out and the Citizen’s Academy.
One thing the department is working on is better emergency communication, Berry said.
In December, police Sgt. Ted Bier will host a community forum, including 75 local businesses, to discuss alcohol-related issues, Berry said.
Berry encouraged residents to contact him and join him in a patrol car for a ride-along.
“We’ve got a great group of people here,” Berry said.