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Nevada City Tables Co-Op Cop Proposal

Expressing concerns over police patrols and the best interest of its citizens, the Nevada City City Council voted to table the decision to allow the Nevada City Police Department and Grass Valley Police Department to share resources. According to one Nevada City resident, and several council members, the proposal presented by Police Chief Jim Wickham and supported by Grass Valley Police Chief, John Foster lacked specificity.
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Resident Tom Andersen is also concerned about the ability of Grass Valley to be able to handle the additional Nevada City territory.
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In a similar presentation to the Grass Valley City Council the previous night, Foster and Wickham explained the Nevada City beat would be an extension of the Grass Valley Burnswick beat on a regular basis from 3AM to 7AM weekday mornings and adjusted to meet targeted areas during those hours based upon direction of the Nevada City Chief.

Nevada City Police Officer Tucker Huey spoke of the benefits of the proposal to share resources.
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Officer Shane Frannsen echoed the Chief and other officer’s beliefs about improving patrol presence as well.
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Vice Mayor Sally Harris, along with council members Terry Anderson and Jennifer Ray, expressed additional concerns about safety, community identity perceptions, and making sure they are doing what is best for the citizens whom they represent as reasons to delay approval.

Mayor Duane Strawser stated that he has requested this sort of inter-agency cooperation and collaboration for several years and that the sharing of police resources is an example of removing an artificial barrier between Nevada City and Grass Valley. Officer Frannsen shares a similar perspective.
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The Council voted 4-1 to table the decision and requested Chief Wickham to revise the proposal to include details about patrol services and accountability and bring it back to Council for further consideration.

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