Reserve officers augment police department staff

By Hank Lohmeyer


Cedaredge Police Chief Dan Sanders reports that his department has six officers on full-time duty.

The full-time staff is supplemented by a reserve officer force of three well-qualified and experienced volunteer officers, Sanders explained to the town board on Aug. 20.

In his report, the chief noted the following features of the department's reserve officer program.

•Members of the Cedaredge Police Department reserve force are not trainees. They are experienced law enforcement officers with all the necessary training and certifications to function as members of the full-time force whenever needed.

•The department helps in keeping the reserve officers' certifications up to date and the reserve force provides needed services to the department.

• Reserve officers maintain their skills and familiarity with the work by working a minimum of 12 shift hours per month.

• When on patrol, they accompany a regular department officer.

Chief Sanders provided brief biographies of the three reserve officers.

• Tom Early served as the Cedaredge police chief and is the department's lead reserve. He served as chief of the Cedaredge department for approximately 13 years. It was under this tenure as Cedaredge chief (actually, the office was known as "town marshal" at the time) that current Police Chief Dan Sanders was hired as a patrol officer.

Early is considered as "a very valuable resource" to the department and has over 35 years of experience in law enforcement. He and his wife live in the community and are active in community life.

• Layne Brones is a former Delta County sheriff's deputy. Layne recently retired from the Delta Correctional Center and has come on board with the Cedaredge Police Department. Layne is a longtime Surface Creek area resident and brings a lot of experience and know-how to the department.

The department has had a working relationship in the past with Layne's wife, Meredith, when she served as a screener for the county juvenile offenders program.

• Lorin Winnett has performed police work in Colorado working in small, rural communities. He has recently returned to Colorado after a stint working with police agencies in New Mexico.

Winnett is a resident of the community. He attended the local law enforcement training academy in order to update his knowledge of state law enforcement issues and practices.