Truckee’s police force nears full strength |

Truckee’s police force nears full strength

Photo by Josh Miller/Sierra Sun Sadina Renfrow pins husband Dan Renfrow's boadge during a swearing-in ceremony at Truckee Town Hall.

As Truckee Police Chief Scott Berry swore in his two newest police recruits on Thursday, a fully staffed police force finally seemed a very near reality.

As soon as two more officer trainees graduate from Yuba College and join Truckee’s squad, and Sgt. Dan Johnston returns from military duty in Afghanistan, the Truckee PD will be up to full strength.

That will give Berry the opportunity to put a school resource officer back in the high school and strengthen community policing efforts.

“We’ll get the men and the ladies out there to be able to solve problems,” Berry said.

Dan Renfrow and Seth Kaufman were the latest officers to join the force.

Renfrow, 28, lives in Reno and was born and raised in Nevada City. He began work as a patrol officer with the department on Monday, March 29.

“I am excited to get out and start working with the community,” Renfrow said.

Seth Kaufman, 24, is a Bay Area native who now lives in town. He will be juggling the final course of an international business management degree from Dominican University and the duties of a patrol officer in his first couple months on the street.

“There’s a lot to learn and a lot to keep straight,” Kaufman said.

Berry said that he was pleased to have the two new officers on the force.

“Everything I’ve seen and heard is they’re positive young men who want to make a difference in the community,” said Berry. “We’re very proud that they’re here.”

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