MLPD PRESS RELEASE:
On Wednesday, May 8, the newest (sort of) member of the Mammoth Lakes Police Department (MLPD) was sworn in by Town Clerk Jamie Gray. Retired Sergeant Karen Smart becomes the first MLPD Reserve Officer in many years.
Karen retired at the end of 2011, but has been volunteering since then by working in the property room to reduce the backlog of evidence. When the Police Department announced that it was reestablishing a Reserve Corps to help offset the loss of seven officers, Karen volunteered to be the first Reserve.
Reserve Officer Smart will be coordinating the Police Department’s Volunteer Program, scheduled to be presented to the Town Council on June 5. She will also be working some special events like the Fourth of July Parade.
Police Chief Dan Watson said, “It’s great to have Karen back in the family. She never really left us, but now she’s officially part of the MLPD again.”
Anyone interested in learning more about the MLPD Reserve Program should contact the Police Department at (760) 934-2011.