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Red Light Ball: Participation fosters continuing success

Scott Berry, Truckee’s chief of police, knows the value of participation.

“Because of community and staff participation, we are having continued success with our ongoing programs,” said Berry.

For example, DARE (Drug Abuse Resistance Education) is a fifth-grade program designed to educate students about the use of drugs and violence. The Explorer Program and the Police Citizens Academy also continue to foster a connection between citizens of all ages and the Truckee Police Department.

Chief Berry’s pride in his department is palpable.

“In 2007,, a recruitment Web site created by Sgts. Jason Litchie and Tim Hargrove and Lt. Randy Fenn, came online. We also have started a trading card program, picturing all 29 department employees,” said Berry.

The cards, much like baseball cards, are handed out to local children with the hope that they will collect all 29 cards. The program ends with a prize for those with the most cards.

“It’s another way for the community to get to know the officers and staff of their police department,” said Berry.

Participation and the Nevada County Law Enforcement and Fire Protection Council go hand in hand. “They are more than purveyors of supplies and equipment,” said Berry. “They support the Truckee Police Department with their personal participation.”

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