Rotation brings police detective back to patrol

By: Melody Stone Special to the Journal
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As a child Auburn Police Sgt. Victor Pecoraro always wanted to be a police officer. As an adult, he said he loves being a police officer. Pecoraro was commended by the City Council last month for his work on the Auburn Police Department as detective sergeant of investigations. In July he’ll be back on patrol as part of a routine position rotation. He’s been in investigations since 2007. Pecoraro also does defensive tactics and driving training and is a Special Weapons and Tactics team leader. Pecoraro started in Auburn in November 1996. He lives outside the city with his fiancée and future stepdaughter. “(Police work) is always something I wanted to do,” Pecoraro said. “I always looked up to law enforcement.” Before going into a police academy Pecoraro joined the U.S. Air Force and installed aircraft guidance equipment for four years. After the military, Pecoraro attended Butte College Law Enforcement Academy in Oroville. During his time in investigations Pecoraro said he’s had some tough cases. Pecoraro said the toughest cases are those involving children. “It’s very satisfying when you bring those things to a close,” Pecoraro said. He said some of his favorite cases to work are big ones involving cooperation with other law enforcement organizations. Pecoraro said they helped bust a marijuana grow house on High Street in 2007, which yielded more than 900 plants and was tied to out-of-county operations. “That was exciting,” Pecoraro said. He likes the constant change he experiences on the job. “We get something new coming in every day,” Pecoraro said. “We have the opportunity to take those puzzles to the next level.” Police Chief Valerie Harris said Pecoraro will take all his knowledge of investigations and help train and coach the patrolling officers to help them better work cases up front. “He’s proven to be my go-to person for many, many different tasks,” Harris said. “He is thorough, he is a very good problem-solver. He has high attention to detail and that is crucial to investigations.” Harris said it’s important to rotate officers into different departments periodically. “The need is to balance experience and give everyone an opportunity to develop their skills in different areas,” Harris said. “Even though (Pecoraro’s) done a stellar job, it’s time for another sergeant to come in and increase their skill sets.”