Employee of the Month

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City of Porterville
291 North Main Street
Porterville, CA 93257
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City of Porterville

October 2009 Employee of the Month

Detective Chris McGuire

Department Directors for the City of Porterville have selected Detective Chris McGuire as the Employee of the Month for October 2009.

Detective McGuire has been in the law enforcement profession for nine years, the last two years working for the City of Porterville.  During Detective McGuire’s career, he has received several commendations related to his work productivity, the quality of service he has provided, and for the overall strong devotion, commitment, and work ethic that he displays each and everyday.

Detective McGuire received recognition from the California Highway Patrol twice during his career for his work related to combating auto thefts in the communities he has served. This recognition came in the form of being awarded the “10851 Pin,” which is an accomplishment that few in the law enforcement profession ever attain.

The Porterville Police Department, recognizing the quality of work performance that Chris McGuire possessed, found him to be the natural fit for a newly-formed auto theft taskforce to combat auto theft in Tulare County.  In April 2008, Detective McGuire was assigned to TRATT (Tulare County Reduce Auto Theft Taskforce) which was formulated at the direction of the Tulare County Police Chiefs’ Association and overseen by members of the California Highway Patrol.

Since the inception of the taskforce, this group has made a significant impact in reducing the number of auto thefts that occur each year in our county.  In 2006, according to the National Insurance Crime Bureau, Tulare County was ranked third nationally with respect to auto thefts.  In 2008, Tulare County’s ranking is 11th nationally with 1,221 less auto thefts reported.  It is obvious that the efforts of this group are having an impact on reducing auto thefts in our community. Thus far in 2009, TRATT has recovered 222 stolen vehicles, has arrested 149 persons responsible for committing auto thefts, and shut down 19 chop shops. The city of Porterville has seen a 19% decline is auto thefts since TRATT was formed, and Detective McGuire has been a vital part of the overall success of the program.

Detective McGuire is also a member of the Department’s S.W.A.T. team and recently completed a two-week tactical school, which is required of each team member.

Detective McGuire is a 1997 Monache High School graduate and received his A.A. Degree from Porterville College in 2004.

Chris is married to wife Roberta, and they have four children, Leah, Spurgeon, Max, and Teagan.

Chris is the son of Larry and Kay McGuire, which explains the strong work ethic and value system that Chris displays each day.

Please join us in congratulating Detective Chris McGuire, our October Employee of the Month!

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