Area native sworn in with Truckee PD | SierraSun.com

Area native sworn in with Truckee PD

Paul Raymore, Sierra Sun

The newest member of the Truckee Police Department, Officer Gabe Bucknell, is happy to be returning to the Reno-Tahoe area.

Bucknell, now 29, grew up in Carson City and attended Carson City High School. After graduating in 1994, he attended the University of Nevada, Reno for one year before working for the Sierra Pacific Power Company in Reno for five years.

After deciding that he wanted to pursue a career in law enforcement, Bucknell joined the Los Angeles Police Department, where he served on both the Van Nuys and Hollywood patrols for a total of three years.

Thinking about starting a family, Bucknell and his wife, Misty, chose to return to the area they grew up in, and Bucknell accepted the job with the Truckee PD.

“I’m just excited to be here,” Bucknell said. “My wife and I are originally from the area so we’re happy to be back, and we missed the snow. I’m excited about the town and the direction that it’s going. I think that a lot of good things are going to happen here in Truckee in the next several years, so I’m happy to be a part of that.”

Bucknell was sworn in at the Truckee Town Council chambers on Thursday in a ceremony attended by friends, family, members of the local law enforcement community and representatives from the fire department and the Town of Truckee.

Truckee Police Chief Scott Berry was happy to have another officer on staff to help the police department keep up with the growth of the town.

“I’m excited that he’s here. He brings a lot of quality and experience in just a short time that he gained at the LAPD and he’s another quality person for Truckee.”

Gabe and Misty Bucknell plan to make their home in northwest Reno and hope to start a family soon.

Commenting on what brought them back from Los Angeles, Bucknell said: “Our family is here, and we’re looking to start a family ourselves. And just the quality of life here – you can’t beat it anywhere in the country. So we’re looking to start a family and we thought there’s no better place to do that than the Reno-Tahoe area.”

Bucknell is also excited to be joining a smaller police department, where he will be able to make more of an impression.

“The Town of Truckee, it’s a new department, so I’m looking forward to getting in on the ground level. I only have a few years’ experience, but I’m looking forward to utilizing some of that within the town. We’ll just see what happens … It’s a different atmosphere here. I’m just looking forward to getting out and meeting some of the townspeople and getting involved in the community.”