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Posted on Dec 17, 2015

QPD adds third sergeant to force

The Quincy Police Department added a third sergeant to its ranks this week.
Sgt. Jorge Trujillo, an eight-year veteran of the local police department, was promoted to the new position at Tuesday’s city council meeting before a crowd of co-workers, family and friends.
The police department earlier this year added a second sergeant’s position. A third sergeant means the department, which has recruited several new officers in the past two years, will have at least one available to officers throughout the day, Police Chief Bob Heimbach said.
“Adding a third sergeant will give us more supervisory oversight with our growing department,” Heimbach said. “By adding a sergeant I can spread the supervisory duties among the three and those three then can spend more time on the street with the officers.”
Trujillo was chosen for the position from among three candidates because of his strong connection and commitment to the community, which are important to the long-term health and success of the department, Heimbach said.
“(Trujillo) is engaged in several extracurricular activities with his wife that benefit the community,” the chief said. “I had to decide which candidate would most likely help us as an organization succeed in becoming more successful and professional. Part of that is connecting with the community.”
Trujillo also understands the value a cohesive department brings to its community, Heimbach added.
“He also has strong internal support from the officers,” Heimbach said. “They can see themselves working with and for him.”
Trujillo and his wife, Amey Trujillo, have two young children attending Quincy schools. He is an active volunteer in the schools and coaches youth sports.
Prior to moving to Quincy, Trujillo served in the U.S. Army for 10 years. When he joined the department, there were only seven or eight officers, said Trujillo, who has watched the department grow in the past eight years. In that time, the department also developed a better relationship in the community and among the officers, he said.
Trujillo recalled how, when he started with the department as a fledgling officer, some nights he worked alone with no supervisor on duty to answer his questions. The sergeant’s position serves as a guide or mentor to patrol officers, potentially helping to build or even advance their careers, he said.
“I want to make sure, as a sergeant, I am doing my job and taking care of the officers and supporting the mission of the department and the city,” Trujillo said.

 

— By Jill FitzSimmons, editor@qvpr.com

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