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Upcoming community forums are part of community policing

Scott Berry
My Turn

When I saw the poll question last week on sierrasun.com, “For a small town the Truckee Police Department is…,” I thought what a great opportunity to hear from our citizens and invite every one of you to our community forums in April.

The whole focus of community policing is to work in partnership with the community and reflect the community values. Thus, by you participating in our community forums we can work together towards becoming the police department you want and expect. It is easy to click on the Web page and vote, but I am asking all of you who participated in the Sierra Sun poll this week to please take the time and come to the forums in April where we can discuss in an open forum your concerns and suggestions.

At previous community forums participants requested that police officers be in the residential neighborhood in an attempt to slow down traffic and keep the neighborhood safe. We receive two to four requests a day for specific traffic enforcement in the various areas of Truckee.

Sometimes it is in Tahoe Donner requesting help due to speeding vehicles, it may be in the Armstrong Tract due to a pet being hit, or out in Glenshire where we receive several complaints regarding vehicles tailgating along Glenshire Drive.

Traffic concerns are usually the number-one concern of residents regardless of the location. You have also requested that we step up our presence around the schools and address your concerns regarding drug abuse in our community.

The police department will host the community forums but all Town of Truckee departments will be present providing you the opportunity to address your concerns. There will be three forums spread out around town. They are designed to address specific concerns in your neighborhood. We will provide an overview of activity in your neighborhood as to calls for service, types of incidents occurring and have detectives and officers present that are working your neighborhood if you have questions.

We would also like to discuss our present staffing levels and receive input from you as to what your police department should be addressing.

Statistics show that we have less drunk driving and juvenile arrest now then prior to our arrival in 2001, but some believe we are waiting for a car to move to stop it for drunk driving or arrest every juvenile for minor offenses. We are interested your perception of our handling of juveniles or drunk drivers.

It is not mandatory you attend the forum in your neighborhood. If you have conflicts please pick a forum that meets your time and attend. Please join us at the forums and be part of the solution.

Scott Berry is the chief of police for the Town of Truckee. My Turn is a guest column open to Sierra Sun readers. Send submissions to editor@sierrasun.com.


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