April 1, we had the honor of a visit by State Sen. Dan Brown and his wife Kathy, who came to the Rolla Police Department to honor Communications Chief Paula Volkmer with a Senatorial Resolution issued by the Missouri Senate, Ninety-seventh General Assembly, to applaud the well-deserved selection of Paula Volkmer as the Missouri Chapter on the National Emergency Number Association and the Missouri Association of Public Safety Communications Officials “911 Director of the Year 2013” and to convey to her this legislative body’s most heartfelt best wishes for continued success in life for many more years to come. Congratulations Paula!
This next entry is from the desk of Communications Supervisor Paula Volkmer. Paula writes: WHEW!!! What a week it's been in communications! We had the task of getting each of our communicators to a two day training on our new CAD (computer aided dispatch) system in only 3.5 days! In a 24 hour operation like ours, this meant everyone had to be on their A game. We had several communicators battling through illness and overtime to get the training sessions completed. We even brought our recent retiree back in for a full week of work!
I am happy to report that we are well on our way to implementing this new system that is just one more tool to be used for better communication and connectivity for Phelps County public safety. Great job to our trainers for accommodating some long days and strange training schedules. Major kudos to the communicators that made powered through the week, taking everything in stride - even the multiple 12 hour shifts!
Central Communications was contacted a short time ago by a citizen who was concerned that he might be the victim of an Internet scam. After a short discussion with the gentleman, it became clear that he was describing a "re-shipper scam" in which a person in another country was asking him to accept receipt of goods (in this case computers) and then forward the goods onto them.
The excuse given for requesting this service is usually that the company they are purchasing from won't ship overseas, or that they will save money by asking the victim to do it for them compared to what the seller is charging. They will usually offer to write a nice-sized check to compensate for the shipping charges and the victim's time.
Be advised that the check will usually bounce (after shipping charges have been paid by the victim), and sometimes the goods the victim receives, are stolen, or have been paid for with a stolen credit card. If you want to learn more about common internet scams, the FBI's Internet Crime Complaint Center has a lot of useful information at: http://www.ic3.gov/crimeschemes.aspx~.
Page 2 of 2 - The City of Rolla has reposed special trust and confidence in the knowledge, courage, integrity, and professional excellence of Reserve Officer David Reynolds. In view of these qualities and his demonstrated leadership potential and dedicated service to the Rolla Police Department, he is therefore promoted to the rank of Senior Patrol Officer, effective immediately.
Dave Reynolds came to the Rolla Police Department after retiring after a lengthy career with the Missouri State Highway Patrol. Dave’s initial interest was with our Volunteers in Police Services (VIPS) program, where he served as a volunteer until deciding to join our ranks as a police reserve officer. Dave has served in that capacity since October of 2010 assisting the patrol division with patrol duties and traffic enforcement. Congratulations Dave!
The City of Rolla has reposed special trust and confidence in the knowledge, courage, integrity, and professional excellence of PTO Kevin Ziegler. In view of these qualities and his demonstrated leadership potential and dedicated service to the Rolla Police Department, he is therefore promoted to the rank of Senior Patrol Officer, effective immediately.
Kevin joined the Rolla Police Department in February of 2011 after serving as a reserve police officer with the Hartville, Police Department in Hartville, Missouri. Kevin was assigned to the patrol division and serves under Sgt. Jeremy Martens handling calls, investigating criminal activity and enforcing traffic ordinances. Congratulations Kevin!
In closing, I would like to congratulate those members of the Rolla Police family who will be celebrating their hiring date anniversaries during the month of April. And the winner is…. Parking Control Officer Larry Seest!
Larry was hired in April of 2011 after retiring from a lengthy career with the City of Rolla Fire and Rescue. Amazingly, out of 64 employees, Larry was the only person hired in the month of April. I guess he is special! Congratulations Larry! Have a great week!