Our View: A new era begins | SierraSun.com

Our View: A new era begins

After more than 130 years, Truckee now has its own police department.

Since Truckee incorporated in 1993, one of the town’s major goals has been for Truckee-based law enforcement.

The Nevada County Sheriff’s Office has done an excellent job with their resources up here, but having local law enforcement based 50 miles away over the summit has never been the ideal solution.

The Truckee Police Department’s formation was approved by the Town Council last summer, and officials have been busy the past year putting together all the pieces to ensure top-notch local policing in Truckee. It has been a complex, expensive process.

Now is the time for Chief Dan Boon and his officers to show us what they can do. The TPD has spent much of August training its new officers for only-in-Truckee situations (for instance, what do you do when your cruiser gets stuck in the snow? Or how do you react in a bear encounter?).

The Nevada County Sheriff’s Office deserves a round of applause for their hard work protecting the public up here for many years. Many of the people who’ve served up here are leaving town or retiring, while others have joined up with the TPD.

Regardless of where they’re going, the job they’ve done here is commendable. Despite its growth, Truckee is still one of the safest places to live in California, and a lot of that is thanks to the NCSO.

The Truckee Police Department inherits a tremendous burden from the NCSO as of Sept. 1 -the caretaking and responsibility for the more than 13,000 people who now call Truckee home.

We wish them all the best as they pin on their badges, fire up their new patrol vehicles, and get to work policing our town.

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