Grass Valley officials and members of the city police department support the sharing of resources proposed by Grass Valley Chief John Foster and Nevada City Chief Jim Wickham at Tuesday’s Grass Valley City Council. The joint presentation included the current levels of collaboration between the departments.
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Grass Valley Chief Foster explained the benefits of the new proposal includes Grass Valley Police extending early morning patrols into Nevada City weekdays from 3 AM to 7 AM and a Nevada city police officer joining the Grass Valley detective unit during the regular day also Monday through Friday.
Nevada City Chief Wickham provided an example of a recent incident that demonstrated the effectiveness of collaboration.
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The Grass Valley Sergeant, along with a second Grass Valley officer assisted with gathering evidence at the scene of the crime and taking a statement from witness. An suspect was in custody within several hours.
Grass Valley Head of Police Investigations, Sgt Steve Johnson, shared his perspective on the partnership.
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Grass Valley Night Patrol Sgt., Alex Gammelgard stated that patrol officers on duty from both departments already monitor each other and respond to provide backup when incidents occur.
Both Grass Valley City Administrator, Dan Holler and Nevada City Interim City Manager verbally supported the proposal confirming no fiscal impact on either city.
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Chief Foster, Grass Valley Mayor Dan Miller along with Councilwoman Lisa Swarthout will attend the Nevada City meeting this evening.