Red Light Ball: Cooperation equals accomplishment |

Red Light Ball: Cooperation equals accomplishment

I appreciate this opportunity to share some of the accomplishments we have made in the Nevada County Sheriff’s Office this past year, as well as some of our plans for the new year. These accomplishments are possible due to the cooperative relationship with our community members and allied agencies, as well as our well-trained, dedicated staff.

Of special note is the Nevada County Law Enforcement and Fire Protection Council. Over the years, the council has donated equipment and various resources to our department that we were not able to purchase through our annual budget. Its members generally support our efforts through their influence in the community. This includes upgrades to the jointly owned emergency response mobile Command One Vehicle, snowmobiles for Search and Rescue, a narcotic-tracking dog and the annual Public Safety Picnic.

This year we have had a number of major drug busts, most notably in the illegal growing and selling of marijuana. Our Narcotics Task Force has been proactive in gathering intelligence and working together with other agencies to shut down these criminal operations. County government is dedicated to seeing that we maintain a firm hand on the illegal production and distribution of marijuana.

Additionally, our jail population has declined this year. Although it is impossible to pinpoint any one reason for this decline, one possibility could be our willingness to try new approaches to combating crime. One such idea was Operation Clean Sweep. This was the first warrants’ sweep in our agency’s history, and it led to the arrest of 207 individuals.

Nevada County maintains one of the lowest crime rates in the state. One of the best preventive measures citizens can practice is to keep their doors locked. Residents should get to know their neighbors and ask for them to keep an eye on their property when they are gone. If citizens notice anything out of the ordinary, they can call our office at 265-7880 and ask that a deputy respond.

This past year, we have seen a large turnover in our command staff. We have a new, eager, highly trained group to help meet the safety needs in our area.

We are looking to install technology upgrades in our 911 dispatch call centers that will help us pinpoint the location of 911 calls made from mobile cell phones. In 2007, we received 194,000 calls at our dispatch centers. Of that total, 16,600 were 911 calls. We also are improving the mobile capabilities of our newly installed computers in our patrol vehicles.

We are currently training three new deputies to add to our coverage of the outlying areas of Nevada County. We look forward to working with our community to maintain the low crime rate we have in Nevada County.

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