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Phone: 951-956-2120

Perris Officer and Classified Employee of the Quarter

Corliss Smith

Corliss Smith, Office Assistant III: Classified Employee of the Quarter.

They toil behind the scenes, making sure Perris police are adequately trained and working with the public who come into police headquarters seeking assistance on a wide range of matters.

For their efforts in making sure the Perris Police Department runs smoothly, Cpl. Reynalda Bodnar and Office Assistant III Corliss Smith were honored recently with a proclamation from the City Council. Bodnar was named Officer of the Quarter; Smith was honored as Classified Employee of the Quarter.

As the station’s administrative corporal, Bodnar cooperated effectively with several superiors.  While working on a wide range of administrative projects she delivered “consistent and exceptional results” on all tasks assigned to her.

She assisted the station’s training sergeant with overseeing the field training program. Bodnar was regularly assigned to coordinate the training schedules for up to 20 trainees, as well as scheduling special orders. During the last three months, she developed and implemented zone policing training using computer-assisted presentations for various Perris police officers. She also served as a mentor to field training officers and trainees, who often seek out her advice

Cpl. Raynalda Bodnar

Cpl. Raynalda Bodnar: Officer of the Quarter.

Bodnar oversaw the city’s annual National Night Out program, a partnership with Target, the City of Perris and the sheriff’s department. She organized numerous vendors who either donated cash or discounted prizes or food. She coordinated several demonstrations from the department’s K-9 team, helicopter team and bomb squad. Initial attendance expectations were that about 300 people would attend the program; 2,000 actually showed up.

Bodnar is enrolled California Baptist University’s Administration of Justice Bachelors degree program.
Smith’s superiors called her “a whirlwind of assistance” in recent months.

She kept track of reports and located missing reports throughout the police station, which proved extremely helpful to police officers and District Attorney’s representatives who had to file pending criminal matters.

When the department was hit with scheduling shortage from sick leaves and other matters that created a flood of people seeking assistance in the front lobby, Smith stepped forward and volunteered to help out, thus greatly reducing the logjam.