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Yamhill police reserves help cover city

Aug 15, 2013

By Starla Pointer
Of the News-Register

The police department and city were shocked and saddened by the sudden death of longtime police chief Gordon Rise on Aug. 1. But even while dealing with their grief, Graven, Officer Travis Van Cleave and the reserves met and worked out a schedule to cover the city this month and into September.

Graven, who was hired as Rise’s successor on Wednesday, said reserves Ray Cooper, Tom Hoy and Mike Abo are now averaging at least 20 hours a week. They are helping to cover weekdays, in addition to their usual weekend assignments.

All three men are unpaid volunteers who give their time while pursuing other careers, as well, Graven said.

All three also have invested a great deal of time in their training. Cooper has been through the state’s reserve academy and Hoy and Abo went through the regular police academy, just like full-time officers.

They also have gone through field training with Graven and Van Cleave and take part in continuing training alongside the full-time officers.

They are qualified to work the road solo.

Graven said the reserves’ willingness to serve is a huge benefit for Yamhill. “They stepped up immediately,” he said.

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