On Tuesday, October 14, Roseville Police Department Volunteer Coordinator Shelly Bracco was named the Karen Siemsen Volunteer Coordinator of the Year at the annual conference of Law Enforcement Volunteers of California (LEVOC) in Lodi. Roseville Police volunteer Bill Adams submitted the nomination on behalf of RPD’s volunteer force, with the full support of Roseville Police Chief Mike Blair.
Chief Blair said, “Our volunteer program has been a model for the City of Roseville. Shelly has been instrumental in the success of the program and continues to have the full support of the department. It is obvious to me that Shelly really cares for all the volunteers, and takes great pride in the success of the program.”
Shelly has worked for the Roseville Police Department for 16 years, and was promoted to the position of budget manager and volunteer coordinator in March 2006. Under Shelly’s leadership, the volunteer force grew from 30 people, most assigned to clerical support, to 64 volunteers today who are assigned to almost every area of the department. Last year the RPD’s volunteer force contributed 9,436 hours of free labor to the department and citizens of Roseville. Volunteers perform a vast array of duties for the police department. They work as “Citizens on Patrol”, courier documents between the police department and Placer County offices every day, do crime prevention patrols and vacation house checks, manage the neighborhood watch program, monitor Project Lifesaver clients, manage golf cart registration, 72-hour tows and cat traps, conduct public tours, and provide clerical support in many different areas.
Shelly treats the volunteers as valued professional members of the department, providing them with uniforms and supplies, a full training and recognition program, and regular meetings.
Volunteer Bill Adams said, “Shelly has a way to make each volunteer feel important, and lets us know that each of us is contributing to the welfare of the department and citizens.”
Lisa Achen, the City of Roseville’s volunteer coordinator, said, “Shelly conveys a desire to give her all to the City, the Police Department, and to the volunteer program. She specifically looks for ways to provide unparalleled service to the residents of Roseville in the most cost-efficient manner.”
Shelly received the award in Lodi at the ninth annual conference of the Law Enforcement Volunteers of California (LEVOC). The conference hosts more than 500 volunteers and coordinators, providing training to law enforcement volunteers in topics such as elder abuse, gangs, crime scene investigation and identity theft. The annual volunteer coordinator award is named in honor of Karen Siemsen, the volunteer manager for the Concord Police Department, who started the organization in 1999.