Grass Valley Police Department will be scaling back police services at the counter and with officers in the field effect November 1st when the Grass Valley Police Department will merge it’s dispatch operations with the Nevada County Sheriff’s Office. Grass Valley Police chief John Foster says loss of personnel and declining city revenues are resulting in the cutbacks.
The Police Department lobby will be open from 9am to noon and 1 to 4 pm Monday Through Friday for Offender Registrant processing, Records Requests, special event permits and to buy parking permits or pay parking and traffic ticket fines. The Lobby will be closed on weekends and major holidays. Chief Foster says officers will continue to respond to the most serious types of calls for service such as arson, assaults, burglaries, robberies, thefts and injury traffic accident. but will provide limited response to petty thefts, civil standby requests animal control calls and parking complaints.
Grass Valley City revenues have declined over two million dollars since 2007. Measure N on the November ballot asks Grass Valley residents to approve a half cent sales tax increase to be used for police, Fire and City street maintenance.