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Truckee Police Department Quarterly Newsletter

Volume 1 Issue 3

Post Date:10/31/2019 10:00 AM
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Volume 1 | Issue 3 | October 2019

A Review of Summer

Since our wildfire drill that took place in Tahoe Donner in June, we have continued to work with our community partners to prepare for the ongoing fire season. The continuous goal is to bring agency partners together to improve readiness levels for a wildfire event, evacuation safety, as well as public safety power shutoffs. Our regular training, meetings and communication with other agencies has carried a better understanding of what is faced and how we can best protect our town. With cooler temps and recent precipitation it is easy to relax about wildfire danger; but we are not past fire season yet! Although winter is right around the corner, this is a great reminder to stay aware, report any suspicious behavior, and be aware the conditions around you.

Truckee Police Officers from the Truckee Fire and Police Water Rescue/Recovery Team (we like to call it the Dive Team) conduct regular training at several lakes in and around Truckee. The Dive Team likes to make the training dives fun, however regular training is how they maintain the perishable skills that are necessary when responding to water related emergencies or investigations. Click here to get a glimpse of their underwater activities this summer. 

In September the kids all went back to school and School Resource Officer Beers, along with our volunteers, were there on their first day back to welcome everyone to a new school year. Our volunteers had a very busy summer supporting our community with events like Truckee Thursdays, 4th of July,  the Air Show and Big Truck Day. Between July to September our volunteers gave over 588 hours of service to our community! 

Also in September, Truckee Police Department sponsored and participated in the Corn Hole Tournament to raise money for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Nevada County and North Lake Tahoe’s local mentoring program.

October has been Breast Cancer Awareness Month and Truckee Police Department is proud to be part of the Pink Patch Project partnering with Grass Valley PD, Nevada County PD, and Nevada County Sheriffs Office. Our officers have been wearing their Pink Patches proudly throughout the month, and are thrilled that the community have participated in supporting Breast Cancer awareness by purchasing our Pink Patches from Tahoe Forest Hospital for a donation. All proceeds have been generated to support our local Gene Upshaw Memorial Tahoe Forest Cancer Center. 

There have been some updates in our organization. Truckee PD would like to welcome Micheal O'Brien to patrol. Officer O'Brien has had an extensive career with Alameda Sheriffs Office and the Reno/Tahoe Airport Authority Police. Furthermore, with the retirement of Sergeant John Mon Pere, we are pleased to share that Detective Kyle Vickers as been promoted to Sergeant, and Alison Herzog has accepted a new role as Animal Shelter Manager. 

July to September 2019 at a Glance

Calls for Service

Truckee PD officers are trained to handle any call, and they receive specialized training in various disciplines almost every month. Truckee PD officers have attended specialized schools such as School Resource Officer, Field Training Officer, Dive Rescue, Defensive Tactics, Active Shooter, Range Master, and various other specialties. 

Traffic Citations & DUIs

Along with the citations reported, over the last quarter, there were 24 recorded arrests for Driving Under the Influence. 

Animal Services Engagement

Truckee Animal Services Officers respond to all calls of injured animals, both wild and domestic. On August 16th our Police Officer Andrew Holbrook and Placer County Animal Control Officer Melissa Holbrook worked together to cut free a deer who had become stuck in a fence on the Town of Truckee border with Placer County. 
There were 139 surgeries at the Truckee Animal Shelter from July through September including spayed and neutering of local pets. 

Microchips are FREE for pets of residents of the Town of Truckee. Call (530) 582-2484 to make an appointment at the Town of Truckee's Animal Shelter today. For more information on micro-chipping your pets and the Animal Shelter location click here. #ThanksToMaddie. 

Winter is Coming!

With winter around the corner is it a great time to remind everyone to prepare for the weather to come. Captain Randall Billingsley would like to remind our community to slow down and drive for the weather conditions. He comments, “even for those with decades of driving experience, when the snowfall finally comes, it can catch people off-guard with how slippery wet snow and ice can be.”

Prepare your house, vehicles and most importantly, your family and pets for the colder weather. Some key points:
  • Be familiar with winter storm watches and warnings. 
  • Winterize your house & vehicle and have snow removal equipment ready.                                     
  • Have disaster supplies on hand, in case the power goes out. Include flashlights, extra batteries, first aid kit, food supplies & safe heating fuel. 
  • Develop an emergency communication plan with your family members.
  • Bring pets inside and move livestock to sheltered areas with access to food and water.

Upcoming Events for Our Community


Halloween & Safe Street- October 31st 

If you're looking for some prime trick-or-treating this Halloween, come find us at Safe Streets in the Gateway Shopping Center. We will be there with tons of candy and our volunteers will be assisting the smaller ghouls and goblins at the crosswalk. Come out and say BOO! Please be mindful that there will be Trick-or-Treating throughout Truckee. Our police department will have extra patrols in numerous areas including Glenshire and Gateway but remember to take it slow while driving around in the evening hours. 

Downtown Holiday Festival & Bud Fish Tree Lighting- November 22nd

Kick off the holiday season by joining Truckee PD at the annual holiday festival and tree lighting ceremony. This event, hosted by Truckee Downtown Merchants Association and Truckee Rotary, is a great way to get our community together & celebrate the holidays to come. Our Community Service Officer, volunteers and Patrol Officers will be around to join in the festivities. For more information click here.

Special Points of Interest

Give Truckee the VIP Treatment

Join our Volunteer in Police Services Program. Click here to join.


Quick Tips are a new short video series presented by our Chief of Police, Robert Leftwich & Truckee Fire Protection District Chief Bill Seline. These are periodic public safety tips on a variety of topics to help everyone stay safe. Click here to view the videos.


Truckee Police Department uses the Nixle Emergency Alert System as our primary method of communications during critical incidents. We encourage both residents and visitors to subscribe to our Nixle Alerts. Subscribe to our Nixle Alerts.

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