Police Using Paddle Boards to Patrol

Article posted by our friends at Northwest Paddle Surfers

TRUCKEE, Calif. — Because this town of 16,000 is a home base for many stand-up paddle boarders who can be found skimming the waters of Donner Lake, police officers here have begun to patrol the lake in the same way.

From left, officer Lisa Madden; Ronnie Ayres, a former ocean lifeguard and marine safety officer who instructed the team on paddling technique, board maneuvering, safety and lifesaving skills; and officer Chase Covington patrol Donner Lake in Truckee, Calif.The Truckee Police Department’s Adventure Recreation Community Team focuses on outreach and positive interactions with residents and tourists, Capt. Robert Leftwich said.

“I want our officers to fully embrace the Truckee lifestyle and embody who we are as a community,” police Chief Adam McGill said. “Policing in Truckee is unique, and it is our responsibility to adjust.”

Officers on the team rotate their daily patrols among paddle boards, mountain bikes and the department’s boat. Truckee police could not find any other law-enforcement agencies that use stand-up paddle boards, which have their roots in surfing, as an enforcement tool.

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