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Police Department veteran celebrates 40-year milestone


June 9, 2021

PENNY LELAND, with Police Chief Jeff Lynn, recently celebrated her 40th year with the Sweet Home Police Department.

Communications Supervisor Penny Leland has passed the 40-year mark in an extraordinarily long law enforcement career with Sweet Home Police Department.

More than 40 years ago, Leland became a volunteer at Sweet Home Police Department, something that soon turned into a part-time job. Leland had been interested in dispatching since a junior high field trip to the fire department in Redding, Calif.

Her former husband had been a sergeant at SHPD. Albany Police Department hired him in April 1981, but she was offered a part-time position and started working at SHPD on April 28, 1981. She marked...

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