A concerned citizen recently contacted Grass Valley police about concerns of an illegal campsite on the eastern outskirts of the city. Lt. Steve Johnson tells KNCO the contact led to visit by an officer. The site was more intricate than a typical transient camp site.
The officer also discovered several animal hides and carcasses suggesting the inhabitant had been hunting. Water was being diverted from a nearby creek for irrigation and personal use.
Lt Alex Gammelgard says eventually a multi-agency raid on the camp and the confiscation of a number of items related to illegal activity took place.
Johnson and Gammelgard say the reporting of the camp is a great example of Community Oriented Policing.
Both Gammelgard and Johnson say Community Oriented Policing is like have an extra 8000 eyes on the streets to assist the 24 sworn Grass Valley officers.