Redding honors its men and women in blue

Feb 17, 2016 1:08 PM by News Staff

Dozens of Redding Police officers received special recognition from Redding Police Chief Robert Paoletti this afternoon.

It was part of the police department's annual awards ceremony.

More than 100 people showed up at the Redding Council Chambers to watch the brave men and women in blue get honored for doing what many take for granted.

Redding Officer Jeff Wallace said he’s glad the officers he works with were getting their time in the spotlight.

“Police work is an unusual profession we are recognizing their exemplary work,” he said.

Dozens of Redding police officers were commended Tuesday afternoon for their bravery and heroic actions over the past year.

Last year was a busy one for the Redding Police Department which dealt with a higher number of violent cases.

“A lot of violence encounters (last year),” Wallace said. “Many violent encounters with subject under the influence of methamphetamines, violent encounters with those with mental health issues and people in crisis.”

During the ceremony, Corporal Danny Smetak was singled out as Officer of the Year for his assistance to the Anderson Police Department in 2014.

With Smetak's help, Anderson Police were able to arrest a couple and charge them in the death of their infant.

Smetak said he’s just one of many who go above and beyond the call of duty.

“I feel very honored," he said. "I am blessed to work with some great men and women who go out there and do the job every day."

Smetak has been with the Redding police department for eight and a half years.

He said he's just doing what he loves.

“It means taking care of your community, it means making sure that this community is taken care of," he said.

Speaking of community, just a few months ago, the Redding Police Department launched a neighborhood policing unit which targets the city's blight and addresses specific problems within downtown.

Smetak said at the end of the day, it’s the reason he goes to work.

“It's the reason we got into this job was to help people and were able to fulfill that.”

The police department is looking to continue launching more specialized units but it's facing an understaffed police force and until more officers can get on board those plans will remain on hold.


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