Chief's Corner

Happy New Year and welcome to the January edition of  The Dispatch, the Rancho Cordova Police Department's e-newsletter. In the spirit of a new year, there are a few areas the Rancho Cordova Police Department (RCPD) would like to focus on and enhance in 2018:

Community Involvement: RCPD wants to grow community involvement in preventing crime by continuing to increase communication and build relationships with residents. We will be doing this through programs such as the Citizen's Academy, which you can read about below.

Neighborhood Policing: RCPD will continue to focus on rolling out our new neighborhood policing program with patrol officers assigned to each neighborhood in Rancho Cordova.  This will build upon the proactive work of our Problem Oriented Policing (POP) Unit, while giving our patrol officers a role in addressing public safety concerns and getting to know residents in their neighborhood.

Transparency: RCPD wants to continue to promote transparency in our community through ongoing communication programs, local meetings and neighborhood events, and proactive policing programs in partnership with our residents.

We look forward to keeping you updated on our efforts in the coming months through this e-newsletter.
 
Chief of Police Chris Pittman
Apply Now for RCPD's Citizen's Academy

RCPD is kicking off the year by launching a new Citizen's Academy. The seven-week course will provide local residents with information about the police department and its proactive policing programs, as well as tools and resources residents can use to help prevent crime. The academy will be taught by police executives and veteran officers on Wednesdays from February 21 through April 4, 2018 from 6 - 8 PM. Applications are due by 5 PM on Wednesday, January 31, 2018. Learn More and How to Apply
How to Report Traffic Concerns

If you have traffic safety and speeding concerns in Rancho Cordova, you can report them by contacting RCPD's Traffic Unit at 916-875-9632 or through the City of Rancho Cordova's Fresh Connect online reporting system by clicking here. Learn more about our Traffic Unit in the article below.
Crime Prevention Tips

Vehicle Security Tips
RCPD wants to offer its residents tips to help keep your vehicle secure, and how you can report vehicle burglaries. Most vehicle burglaries are crimes of opportunity that occur during the overnight hours when your vehicle is unattended. Learn More

How to Report
To report a crime in progress or suspicious activity, please call 9-1-1. To report a crime after the fact, please call our non-emergency number at 916-362-5115. Click here to file a police report online. Please note that we cannot take reports or dispatch officers via social media.
Meet RCPD's New POP Supervisor

RCPD is pleased to introduce you to our new Problem Oriented Policing (POP) Supervisor - Sergeant Vanessa Johnson! 

Sergeant Johnson began her path towards a career in law enforcement while studying criminal justice at California State University, Sacramento. She had completed an internship with the California Department of Insurance Fraud Division and was considering going into law enforcement at the state level. Learn How She Came to RCPD
Crime Suppression Unit

Story of the Month
On January 11, 2018, members of RCPD's Crime Suppression Unit were conducting proactive enforcement operations in the area of Mills Park Drive and Folsom Boulevard. During their assignment on this date, they observed a vehicle parked in front of a local business and also observed the driver engage in what they believed to be a hand-to-hand drug transaction. As the officers were conducting their investigation of this vehicle, they observed a female riding a bicycle nearby. The alert officers knew this female was wanted by law enforcement and had a felony warrant for her arrest.  Learn How the Story Ends
Meet RCPD's Traffic Unit

Meet RCPD's  Traffic Unit! RCPD's Traffic Unit focuses on improving traffic safety and reducing traffic collisions in Rancho Cordova.

The Traffic Unit is comprised of a Sergeant, a traffic detective, six motorcycle officers, and a parking enforcement officer. The Unit focuses on three E's: engineering, education and enforcement.  Learn More
A Patch Leads to a Career in Law Enforcement

When Rancho Cordova Police Officer Randy Moya was seven years old, a Sacramento County Sheriff's Department officer came to his house looking for his brother. The officer wanted to question his brother about a recent crime that had occurred. Despite the situation, Moya asked the officer for a patch like the one on his uniform. The officer didn't have one with him, but two weeks later, Moya got a surprise return visit and a patch!

This situation piqued Moya's interest in law enforcement, and he considers it one of the defining moments that led to his 24-year career in law enforcement. Moya still has the patch to this day and is now proudly retiring from RCPD. Read His Story
From Cordova High School to RCPD Employee of the Year

Rancho Cordova Problem Oriented Policing (POP) Officer Andrey Nedeoglo grew up in the Ukraine and moved to the City of Rancho Cordova at 16 years old, where he attended Cordova High School. His law enforcement career brought him back to Rancho Cordova as an RCPD officer, and RCPD is proud to recognize Officer Nedeoglo as its 2017 Employee of the Year! Learn How He Went from Cordova High to RCPD
Event Lineup

2018 Citizen's Academy Application Deadline
Wednesday, January 31, 5 PM
Rancho Cordova Police Department, 2897 Kilgore Road
Join our 2018 Citizen's Academy! The Academy will give citizens the opportunity to learn about policing in today's society and in their own community. Students will be introduced to traffic laws, patrol procedures, laws of arrest, investigations and other select topics.  Click here to download a flyer with more information.  Click here to download the application.

Neighborhood Watch Meeting
Tuesday, February 20, 6 PM
Rancho Cordova Police Department, 2897 Kilgore Road
Our 2018 Neighborhood Watch Meetings have been announced! Join us to learn about proactive policing programs in our community, ask questions, and get resources to start a neighborhood watch program in your area. Learn More

Save the Date: Rancho Cordova Luncheon
Friday, March 16, 11:30 AM
Rancho Cordova City Hall, 2729 Prospect Park Drive
Join Chief of Police Chris Pittman for the Rancho Cordova Luncheon, hosted by the Cordova Community Council and Rancho Cordova Chamber of Commerce. The Luncheon is our primary civic networking event, where all three sectors of our community turn out in force.
FAQ of the Month

Q: What do I do if I receive a red light ticket?
A: RCPD has a Red Light Photo Enforcement Program to ensure the safety of pedestrians, bicyclists and drivers. The City has four red light photo enforcement cameras in Rancho Cordova at Zinfandel Drive and White Rock Road, Zinfandel Drive and Olson Drive, Sunrise Boulevard and Coloma Road, and Sunrise Boulevard and Folsom Boulevard. The cameras operate 24 hours a day and provide additional enforcement while officers respond to other enforcement needs.

If you receive a red light ticket in the mail, please follow the instruction page and directions on the back of the ticket. Four photographs will be included on the front of the ticket. You will be able to view video footage by clicking here   and entering the required information. The city code for Rancho Cordova is RCPDCA. If you need assistance viewing the video footage, please visit the Rancho Cordova Police Department at  2897 Kilgore Road, Rancho Cordova, during regular business hours Monday-Friday from 9 AM-5 PM. NOTE: Video may not be visible on a smart phone or tablet.  Learn More About the Program
Partner News: Sign Up for the DA's New Newsletter

Our partners at the Sacramento County District Attorney (DA)'s Office have launched a new quarterly newsletter - Justice Journal! The goal is to share with the community how the DA's Office is working both in the courtroom, as well as in the community, to protect and engage the citizens it serves.  Read the Latest Edition and Sign Up
Connect With Us

RCPD wants to connect with you on social media!  Every month, we will highlight one of our posts from RCPD's social media channels.  Recently, we highlighted a story on RCPD's Facebook page about our Crime Suppression Unit reuniting a lost one and a half year old dog, Rocky, with its owner, pictured above! Read the Full Story Here

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