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Williams detective named ‘Officer of the year’

Williams Police Chief, Jim Saso (Left), presents Detective Leticia Reusser with the “Officer of the Year” award.

The Williams Police Department’s newest detective has been selected “Officer of the Year.” 

Detective Leticia Reusser was named to the honor through nominations by her peers.  

“In my 10 years plus as the Chief of Police, I don’t ever recall a time where the selections were unanimous,” said Chief Jim Saso, who presented Reusser with the award at the Jan. 20 meeting of the Williams City Council. 

Reusser started working for the Williams Police Department in 2017, and quickly established herself as a dedicated and hardworking officer, who has made the community safer and the agency better, Saso said. 

“Prior to her promotion in November, Reusser led the department in all arrests and citations while working patrol,” Saso said. “She was also called upon to investigate or assist with several very serious and complex crimes, both before and after her promotion.” 

Among her peers, Reusser is considered “the most proactive” officer in regards to community policing, and is an important part of the department’s success. 

Another officer’s nomination said “Reusser is a wealth of knowledge and a great team player. She is proactive and sets the standard very high for new and veteran officers. She has a positive outlook and mindset, with great instinctive investigative skills.” 

Saso added that Reusser treats citizens and her peers with respect, courtesy, fairness, and compassion, and she has the ability to develop rapport with all people she contacts while on duty. 

Saso added that Reusser is also highly regarded by the District Attorney’s Office for her work product, and her ability to give quality testimony under the most difficult circumstances. 

In addition to presenting a plaque naming Reusser “Officer of the Year” for the Williams Police Department, Saso presented her with a certificate of appreciation from the California State Legislature, on behalf of Sen. Jim Nielsen.

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