Truckee police honor Officer of the Year
Truckee Police Detective Robert Womack is never really off-duty.
As one of the original officers with the Truckee Police Department, Womack continues to show his devotion to the department and to the community through his actions, which is why Womack was named Officer of the Year 2006 by his peers.
Even when he’s off-duty, people know they can call Womack at home and he will respond to them in order to help in any way he can, said Truckee Police Chief Scott Berry.
Womack was presented with the Officer of the Year award during last Thursday’s Town Council meeting. The honorary title is decided upon by police staff nominations: “It’s not a popularity contest,” Berry said.
“Anytime your peers vote for you it’s an honor,” said Womack, whose 10-year-old son thinks his father’s award is “pretty neat.”
Womack was raised in Truckee and is a graduate of Tahoe-Truckee High School.
He began his career in law enforcement when he was a student attending San Jose University. Womack returned to town in 2001 to join the Truckee Police Department.
Since joining the Truckee police department six years ago, Womack has transitioned from working as a field training officer to a detective. Womack said he deals with follow-up on all major felony cases involving crimes against individuals in the area, which included witness interviews pertaining to the fatal hit-and-run incident at Truckee River Regional Park in August 2006. Doing detective work allows more time to spend with the people involved, Womack said.
“As an individual he looks at how (an incident) will impact everyone involved. He looks at the larger picture,” Berry said. “He knows it’s not just about making arrests.”
Aside from his investigative work as a detective, Womack is also the department’s instructor for the First Time DUI School, CPR training, field sobriety testing, and he teaches hunter safety with the Department of Fish and Game.
Volunteering in the community is also a priority, Womack said. He said he helps coach his son’s Little League baseball and Pop Warner football teams.
Womack’s photograph and honorary title will now be displayed on the wall at the Truckee police office, accompanied by 2005’s Officer of the Year, Truckee Police Officer Arnie Lopez. For the next year Womack will represent the department at official events but doesn’t have any added duties related to the honorary title, Berry said.
“He’s dedicated to his fellow officers,” Berry said. “He’s a team player. He doesn’t have to be asked.
“I’m really proud of him.”