Dan Boon, excited about new ‘Citizens Academy’
Chief of Police Dan Boon feels proud of his Truckee Police Department. Just passing the two-year mark in his duties, he opened the department office in August 2001.
“It was a real accomplishment to get the department going from scratch, from zero employees, personnel or equipment. I thought things would slow down some after that, but there’s still lots to do, servicing the community,” Boon said.
Boon, who has been married 32 years and has three grown children, worked in Central and Northern California before relocating to Truckee to establish the new department.
He now oversees 23 sworn officers, a commander and six other civilian staff who work together to keep the 15,000 residents and 34 square miles of the Truckee area safe.
Boon described ‘Community Policing’, a philosophy in which the officers in the field get involved with the community, make decisions, and bring forward solutions from their interactions with members of the community.
Next year, the first ‘Citizen’s Academy’, will allow interested citizens to participate in the department and eventually to become trained volunteers.
“They will be able to help with the radar trailers, with finger printing, taking complaints and in the tourist information booth downtown,” Boon said.
When Boon is not working, he enjoys camping and fishing the many springs and lakes in the region. “Jackson Meadows, the Truckee River and Milton Resevoir all have nice trout, rainbow and German browns,” he said.
Talking about the council’s fundraising efforts, he felt that getting together a team for the ‘Guns and Hoses’ event team was a tremendous amount of fun. “That and the ‘Red Light Ball’ get us ‘over the hill’ to Western Nevada County, pulling us into the fold
more and that is good,” he said.
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