Truckee Volunteer Police Department celebrates community impact
Special to the Sun
TRUCKEE, Calif. and#8212; Friday night, the Truckee Volunteers in Police Service, gathered for their annual holiday dinner at the Tahoe Donner Lodge, so many could thank and acknowledge them for the service they provide to Truckee.
Among them was Chief of Police Nicholas Sensley. Chief Sensley honored a recently deceased volunteer, John Fraser, and his family and said the Police Volunteers are an essential part of the Truckee Police Department. Captain Randy Fenn and Sergeant Robert Womack echoed Chief Sensley by saying they hadn’t the words to thank the volunteers enough for what they do.
Also there to thank the VIPS, was Truckee Thursdays Event Manager Andy Mond. On behalf of The Downtown Merchant’s Association Mond presented a plaque and a check for $500, to the VIPS for the service they provided to the town this summer during Truckee Thursdays. He said the event would not be possible without the police volunteers.
Police volunteers attennd community events requiring a police presence. They assist with traffic and crowd control. Their duties also include but are not limited to: emergency callout, traffic surveys, handicap parking enforcement and stakeouts. They assist officers at crime scenes and traffic accidents and with boat patrol on Donner Lake. They assisted the Town’s Public Works Department in traffic control during the construction of the Highway 80 and 89 roundabouts. They also participate in and#8220;National Night Out,and#8221; bicycle rodeos, Tour De Nez, the Fourth of July festivities and numerous other activities including Truckee Thursdays.
Truckee has dedicated men and women who make up the volunteer program. The mission of the VIPS is to provide a service and safety partnership between the community and police department. They arrive on a minute’s notice to assist the department in times of emergency. They often call in when they hear of an emergency and ask how they can help. The Truckee Police Department is extremely proud of the VIPS program and if you would like more information, please contact the department and see how you can become a Truckee Police Volunteer.
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