Drug Watch: On Wednesday, Feb. 27, the Rolla Street Crimes Unit conducted a traffic stop on south US Highway 63 which led to the seizure of one ounce of methamphetamine. Through further investigation, officers determined the methamphetamine was imported from the country of Mexico.
The two suspects, both from Franklin County, admitted to coming to Rolla for the sole purpose of selling the narcotics. Both suspects were arrested and processed. On Thursday Feb. 28 Street Crimes Officers followed up on the information obtained from the previous night, and were able to assist in the seizure of another three ounces of methamphetamine. More arrests will follow!
National Public Safety Telecommunicators Week is over a month away, but this week our Central Communications Division has been in the spotlight and I am going to brag on them now. First of all, I am proud to announce that MOAPCO (Missouri’s Chapter of the Association of Public-Safety Communications Officials) has selected our own Communications Chief Paula Volkmer as Director of the Year for 2012.
MOAPCO is Missouri’s Division of APCO, which is an international leader committed to providing complete public safety communications expertise, professional development, technical assistance, advocacy and outreach to benefit our members and the public.
Communications Chief Paula Volkmer began her career with the Rolla Police Department in March of 1982 as a police dispatcher. Through the years, Paula’s dedication to professionalism and compassion for the community has made her the likely choice of communications chief.
Paula’s duties include, but are not limited to: Supervising an emergency communications center taking calls from the public and/or dispatching emergency response for law enforcement, fire services, or emergency medical services. Establishing operating procedures, directs the maintenance of records, supervises training, and evaluates the effectiveness and efficiency of operations and equipment. Preparing departmental budgets, overseeing the routine testing and inspection of equipment and approves all policies and procedures within their authority.
Paula also provides guidance to other staff members and ensures compliance with applicable federal, state and local laws and regulations. In addition, Paula maintains appropriate contacts with the public, users and the media on the proper use of the emergency communications system, and maintains active liaisons with all participants, customers, emergency service providers and other departments and local, state and federal agencies relative to the operations of the Communications Center. Paula celebrated her 31st year with the Rolla Police Department this week! Congratulations on this nomination Paula, you are most deserving.
Also this week, I would like to congratulate Communications Telecommunicator Amy King, in receiving a Letter of Appreciation from Rolla Mayor Bill Jenks. The letter was issued for a situation where Amy received a telephone call in dispatch back in January, about a possible missing person that was also in danger.
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After much work on her part, the citizen was able to make contact with their son and find that he was okay. The citizen as well as the department believes Amy went above and beyond to make sure all parties were okay. Amy has served in Central Communications since 2003. Congratulations on a job well done Amy!
And then, I would like to congratulate Communications Supervisor Scott Olds who announced his retirement last week. Scott began his career in December of 1983 when he joined the Phelps County Sheriff’s Department as a police dispatcher. Scott served as a dispatcher/jailer for several years before he attained the Communications Chief position with that agency.
In 1995 Scott was one of four Phelps County employees transferred to the Rolla Police Department during the establishment of Central Communications at which time Phelps County did away with their in-house dispatching. Scott then attained the rank of Communications Supervisor in February of 1995 and has served in that capacity ever since. Scott will be retiring on March 14, 2013 after 29 years of dedicated service.
In addition to his communications duties, Scott has always maintained a very busy schedule having served as a rural firefighter, emergency services paramedic, a shuttle driver for a local transportation company and worked many years alongside his father and brother, with flag duty at Rolla High School football games. We will certainly miss him and wish him the best in his retirement! Congratulations Scott!
Since I am in the congratulating mood, I will also include the members of the Rolla Police family who will be celebrating their hiring date anniversaries during the month of March. They are Communications Chief Paula Volkmer with 31 years, Administrative Assistant Kerri Shults with 19 years, Communications Supervisors Scott Olds and Chuck Satterfield with 18 years, Corporal Chrissy Smith with 15 years, Corporal John Frey with 11 years, Animal Control Supervisor John Redshaw with 10 years and Animal Control Officer Roy Taylor with five years. Congratulations and thanks for all you do.
Have a great week!