The Colusa Rotary Club named five officers as Peace Officer of the Year for 2014.
The Annual Police Officer of the Year Award was established to recognize the challenges police officers face and to say a public ‘thank you’ for a job well done.
“Peace officers in our nation are very special to our community,” said Colusa Rotary Member, Gary Teragawa, “Having worn the badge for 30-year I know of the impact the career can have on the officer but their families.”
The award given on, Tuesday November 18, 2014 involves nominations from each department.
Key qualities for the award include courtesy, kindness, understanding, compassion, courage and devotion to their duty. Officers are also recognized for their involvement in a particular act, a series of acts or their continued demonstration of ongoing professionalism within their department.
Those officers recognized were: Senior Probation Officer, Kristen Simmons; Williams Police Sergeant Edwin Anderson; Deputy Sheriff,
Kristopher Cooper; Colusa Police Officer Sara Martin; and Officer Timothy Roloff of the Williams Area Highway Patrol.
In addition to the Peace Officer of the Year Award, recipients were presented resolutions from the California State Assembly and the
Five peace officers from various Colusa County agencies were selected and awarded an appreciation plaque from the Colusa Rotary and a joint resolution by the members of the California State Senate and California State Assembly.
Their department nominated each officer; below are the details of each nomination.
Colusa County Probation Department
Senior Probation Officer, Kristen Simmons
A Williams High School graduate, Officer Simmons began her career in law enforcement in 1999 when she was hired with the Colusa County Sheriff’s Department as a Dispatch/Matron.
In 2002, she joined the Colusa County Probation Department as a Deputy Probation Officer where she was assigned to the juvenile unit and later promoted to a Deputy Probation Officer.
“While still having a caseload, she helped other officers with less experience in any area of juvenile probation as needed,” said Chief Probation Officer William Fenton, in his nomination letter.
In 2007, Officer Simmons implemented the Girls Circle as well as the Boys Council. These gender specific groups focus on the emotional and developmental needs of our youth.
“Both of the programs are utilized in all Junior High, High Schools and some elementary schools throughout the county,” said Fenton.
In 2009, Officer Simmons was assigned to the Adult Unit and placed in the Colusa County Narcotics Enforcement Team, she also represents the Colusa County Sheriffs Department in the Gang Task Force Unit.
In addition to her work with the Colusa County Probation Department, Officer Simmons created a Fishing Tournament, in partnership with the Westside Anglers, for at-risk youth involved with the Girls Circle and Boys Council to provide them exposure to pro-social programs.
“Officer Simmons has donated several hours of her personal time and networked with different agencies to make this tournament successful,” said Fenton, “and based on her dedication, she was recognized by the Chief Probation Officers of California as Officer of the Year for the Northern Region.”
“It is a great honor to work with Officer Simmons and have her as an integral part of our probation team,” added Fenton.
Williams Police Department
Sergeant Edwin Anderson
Originally from Orland, Sergeant Anderson began with the Williams Police Department in 2006. His prior law enforcement experience includes working for the Willows Police Department, Chico Police Department, the Colusa Police Department, and the Colusa County Sheriff’s Office.
“Sergeant Anderson oversees several department functions and ensures the day-to-day operations of the department are handled accordingly,” said Williams Chief of Police, Jim Saso in his nomination letter, “he has a strong desire to continually provide a better law enforcement model and working environment that will produce a lower crime rate by closely working with the schools and the community.”
Saso added that Sergeant Anderson’s dedication to the Williams School District is vital to the success and partnership that is shared with the community.
In his early years with the department, Sergeant Anderson was the first D.A.R.E. officer and liaison with the Williams Unified School District. Although, Sergeant Anderson no longer teaches the D.A.R.E. program, he directly supervises the Youth Services Division and maintains the Federal grant that he successfully wrote.
“Sergeant Anderson demonstrates professionalism, dedication and is a credit to our profession,” said Saso, “He is an outstanding member of the City Staff and is an integral part of the City’s operations.”
The Williams City Council also recognized Sergeant Anderson at its November 19th, Meeting.
Colusa County Sheriff’s Office
Deputy Sheriff Kristopher Cooper
Deputy Cooper began with the Colusa County Sheriff’s Office in 2010.
“Although employed for just four years, Deputy Cooper has accomplished a lot,” commented Colusa Rotary Member, Gary Teragawa.
Most recently Deputy Cooper was recognized for his actions by saving the life of a person during a drowning incident at the Sacramento River this past summer. Subsequently, Deputy Coopers was recognized with the department’s prestigious “Silver Metal” and “Life Saving” awards.
“Deputy Cooper has been an outstanding employee,” said Lieutenant. Neil Pearson in a nomination letter from the Colusa County Sheriff’s Office, “he always comes to work with a smile on his face, is always friendly and displays a great deal of professionalism when dealing with the public.”
Deputy Cooper is the department’s primary Boating Deputy, a member of the Dive Team and the assistant coordinator of the Search and Rescue Unit.
In addition to his employment with the Colusa County Sheriff’s Office, Deputy Cooper remains active and is serving with the United States Air Force Reserve as a Technical Sergeant, specializing as a KC-10 Crew Chief attached to the 749th AMXS Unit based out of the Travis Air Force Base.
Colusa Police Department
Officer Sara Martin
Born and raised in the Fresno area, Officer Sara Martin pursued a career in law enforcement after she received her Bachelor’s degree in Political Science; and in 2008 she was hired by the Colusa Police Department as a patrol officer.
Following several successful investigations as a patrol officer, Officer Martin was promoted as the department’s major crime investigator.
As an investigator, Officer Martin has successfully concluded a murder case from 2012 in which both suspects were committed to lengthy prison sentences; and in a near-singlehanded operation, she identified and eliminated a child prostitution ring, sending two suspects to prison. Additionally, Officer Martin investigated a firearms theft case in Colusa, which led to a multi-agency search warrant in Citrus Heights that resulted in the arrest of two suspects.
“Officer Martin’s efforts have provided outstanding results which we expect will only expand as time marches on,” said Colusa Police Chief, Ross Stark.
Recently, Officer Martin attended an advanced training in investigations and training in forensic child abuse interview skills.
“With these added skills, Officer Martin will bring a new level of investigation expertise to the Colusa Police Department,” said Stark.
In addition to her duties as an investigator, Officer Martin still performs as a patrol officer when needed and continues to be the department’s evidence officer.
“Officer Martin is a proactive, valuable member of the Colusa Police Department,” added Stark, “ she is respected by her peers and by members of the community. Her knowledge, combined with her growing expertise, continues to be of vast benefit to the Police Department.”
California Highway Patrol
For seven years, California Highway Patrol Officer, Timothy Roloff has served with the Barstow and the Williams Commands.
“In each command, Officer Roloff has consistently performed his deputies in a very professional manner,” said Williams Area CHP Commander Lieutenant E.L. Walker in his nomination letter, “Officer Roloff epitomizes the very essence of dedication, character, professionalism, and integrity the department strives to find in each officer it employs.”
Officer Roloff is known by his peers as a knowledgeable person and supervisors admire his leadership and routinely rely on his experience for assistance and guidance.
“Officer Roloff strives to advance the safety of the community,” added.
In addition to his duties, Officer Roloff is a Drug Recognition Expert where he assists other officers, of both the CHP and allied agencies, determine if individuals are under the influence of a narcotic. Officer Roloff consistently leads the Williams command in DUI arrests.
“Officer Roloff takes a great deal of pride in his work and has an outstanding commitment to the department,” said Walker, “Officer Roloff, as least in my opinion, is very deserving of this award.”