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Red Light Ball: 2007 a year of positive changes

I would like to take this opportunity to thank all of the citizens of Nevada City for the extraordinary support they have shown for the Nevada City Police Department and Nevada County law enforcement in general.

A term we often hear around these parts is “quality of life.” A key factor to a desirable quality of life is being safe in our home and community. Most people believe the safety of a community depends directly on the police. This is true only to a point. The police cannot be in all places at all times.

Safety in a community depends on the support and involvement of each citizen. We are a safe community, and we look to your continued support to help us keep it that way.

This past year, NCPD has seen several changes. The retirement of several of our “old-timer” officers has resulted in a much younger look for our department. Although young, our new officers are very competent and qualified. Their energy and enthusiasm create a positive atmosphere for the department and the city.

Last year we also instituted the Community Service Officer program with Officers Mike Hughes and Jack Ward. They are both experienced law enforcement professionals with many years of experience under their belts. Feedback from all quarters – business owners, visitors and even the downtown youth has been totally positive and supportive.

Our Police Explorer Program deserves special recognition this year. Its members are an admirable group of outstanding youth, always ready to help when needed. Their assistance with the Nevada County Explorers at the Nevada County Fairgrounds is especially appreciated. Learning to plan and work as a team, they built a float for the Grass Valley Parade. Obviously they learned well, as the float won the Mayor’s Award.

In closing, I want to thank the Nevada County Law Enforcement and Fire Protection Council for this opportunity to share with the community. The council plays a vital role in supporting local law enforcement, and it is my pleasure to work with them.

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