The Redding Police Department was recently informed by the California Commission on Peace Officer Standards and Training (POST) that Sergeant Casey Bokavich received the 2016 POST Excellence in Training Award, Individual Achievement.  The award for Individual Achievement is given for remarkable effort or accomplishment resulting in a singular significant or extraordinary contribution to public law enforcement training.  The individual’s contribution must involve innovation, a demonstrably effective project, task or assignment that has significantly impacted or benefitted law enforcement training at the organizational, local or state level. 

Sergeant Bokavich was nominated for his work delivering Force Options training to the local community.  As a direct result of his effort the Redding Police Department has been able to facilitate ongoing dialogue between the community and law enforcement with respect to Police use-of-force and decision-making, which is a tremendously critical challenge, as well as an opportunity for law enforcement as we move through the 21st century. 

This outreach by Sergeant Bokavich has been instrumental in increasing the positive level of collaboration and dialogue between law-enforcement and community leaders. His impact on community relations and law enforcement has been recognized by agencies, not only in the region and California, but throughout the United States

Sergeant Bokavich’s work and leadership has fostered a climate of collaboration between law enforcement and the public.  Many members of his community have a newfound respect and understanding for the law enforcement profession, as well as an appreciation for the challenges peace officers face on a day-to-day basis. 

Although this award was for “Individual” Achievement, Sergeant Bokavich emphasizes that this work would not have been possible without two very critical components.  First, Sergeant Bokavich could not have achieved this recognition without the effort and input of the highly skilled cadre of instructors of the Redding Police Department Force Options Team which he supervises.  The Community Force Options program continues to evolve and improve as a direct result of their valued input and experience.  Secondly, Sergeant Bokavich wished to recognize and thank the citizens of Redding who have attended the class.  It is due to their open-mindedness, input and interaction with instructors of the department that has made the program a sought after model that can be used to improve relations between law enforcement and the community which they serve. 

If you or your group would like to attend a Community Force Options class, please call Sergeant Bokavich at 530-225-4289.  Class sizes are limited to a maximum of 18 and a minimum of 10.