During Tuesday’s Yuba County Board of Supervisors meeting, State Sen. Jim Nielsen, R-Red Bluff, presented proclamations to two recent Peace Officer of the Year recipients in the Yuba county.
The two honorees were Jason Ballantine, a code enforcement officer for the Yuba County Sheriff’s Department, and Bridgette Jackson of the Yuba County Probation Department.
“It is a pleasure for us to be here today to recognize these excellent law enforcement professionals, and the professionals they are,” said Nielsen. “…These officers we recognize here today have dedicated their careers to saving lives, protecting lives and protecting property.”
A U.S. Army veteran, Ballantine began his law enforcement career with the Yuba County Sheriff’s Department in 2018, serving as a reserve deputy sheriff. After graduating from Yuba College’s Modular Police Academy, he was made a full-time deputy.
Prior to becoming a code enforcement officer, Ballantine served as a cadet counselor, foothills resident assistant, and aided the METYU task force team, according to the department.
“He has taken a significant number of reports for trespassing, drug possession and other miscellaneous violations,” the Yuba County Sheriff’s Department said. “He has cleared numerous search warrants and when you listen to the radio you often hear his badge number throughout the day as he never seems to stop. Jason has a positive attitude which is contagious throughout the department His work ethic and dedication to our community is to be commended and is why he was chosen as our 2021 Peace Officer of the Year.”
Jackson was also recognized. In 2021, she also received the Sacramento Area Supervisor of the Year award from the California Association of Public Insurance Adjusters.
“Bridgette embodies the selfless dedication of a dependable and dependable officer,” the Yuba County Probation Department posted on Facebook when announcing her selection as Officer of the Year. “As a department, we are very fortunate to have Officer Jackson on our team and anyone who knows her can attest to what an incredible person she is.”
In presenting the proclamation to Jackson, Nielsen emphasized the dedication needed to do the good work that needs to be done in an environment such as the Yuba County Probation Department.
“Thank you for what you do and your focus on juvenile offenders,” Nielsen said. “And they are now a bigger priority in California. This state has often not devoted the resources necessary to help our wayward young people and your job is difficult.