Chief's Corner

Welcome to the December edition of  The Dispatch, the Rancho Cordova Police Department's e-newsletter. The Rancho Cordova Police Department (RCPD) has enjoyed celebrating the holiday season with you by participating in parades, toy drives, and other events.

One thing that stands out to me about our community is your generosity. When we asked you to join us in supporting families in need for Christmas in Cordova, you did by leaps and bounds. This year's event was possible because of all the r esidents, businesses and organizations who made donations and volunteered.  I am proud to be part of such a caring community that will come together for those who need it.

I hope the holiday cheer you brought to local families is present in your home this season. On behalf of the Rancho Cordova Police Department, we wish you a joyous holiday season and a prosperous New Year!
Chief of Police Chris Pittman
Holiday STARS Shine Brightly in Rancho Cordova

The City of Rancho Cordova and RCPD launched the Holiday STAR (Student Talent Achievement Reward) program on Thursday, December 21! Twenty-eight students from 13 Rancho Cordova elementary schools were recognized for becoming high achievers both academically and behaviorally.

The students were treated to a special breakfast; received new clothes, shoes and a backpack; and rewarded with a $100 holiday shopping spree at Walmart Rancho Cordova!  The excitement was streamed live on RCPD's Facebook page, so  click here to watch the event unfold!

Thank you to our program partners at Walmart, Famous Footwear and McDonald's for your generosity!
RCPD Creates Innovative Officer Training Program

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, nearly 29 people in the United States die in alcohol-impaired vehicle crashes every day---in 2016, that was one person every 50 minutes. In addition, the 2015 Governors Highway Safety Association survey indicated 43% of deceased drivers tested positive for drugs in their system, while 37% tested positive for alcohol.

Two RCPD Motor Officers were responding to traffic collisions and people driving under the influence of substances from alcohol to drugs when they began to notice that their fellow officers might benefit from additional training. Learn About the Program They Created
Did You Know...?

RCPD has an online reporting system that allows you to submit an online report. The system can be used to report certain crimes that occurred in Rancho Cordova and the unincorporated Sacramento County such as vandalism, property theft, and theft from a vehicle. Visit the Crime Reporting page to learn more.
Crime Prevention Tips

Holiday Safety Tips
RCPD is providing information and tips to help protect you and your family this holiday season. Get tips for when you're shopping, driving, traveling and more.  Learn More

Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over
This holiday season, RCPD will work around the clock to keep drivers and passengers safe as they search for impaired drivers. 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 and press 1. Click here to file a police report online. Please note that we cannot take reports via social media.
Problem Oriented Policing (POP) Unit

Chronic Nuisance Offender Program
RCPD has taken a proactive approach to focus on individuals who repeatedly commit crimes in the City of Rancho Cordova.

RCPD was responding to individuals who committed misdemeanor crimes in Rancho Cordova when they saw a pattern emerging. As is common with misdemeanor crimes due to jail overcrowding and the nature of the crimes, RCPD would often cite and release the offenders. The offenders would often not show up for court for the current crime. Later, RCPD would see the same individuals commit new crimes, and the process would start over again. Learn About a Program to Break the Cycle

Christmas in Cordova
On Saturday, December 16, RCPD and its partners held the 7th annual Christmas in Cordova event. The event provided gifts and food to support more than 800 local kids this holiday season. Thank you to all the community members who donated and volunteered to give back to families in need this time of year! See the Event in Action
Every Kid Needs a PAL

PAL Holiday Run
Thank you to everyone who joined us for the Rancho Cordova Police Activities League (PAL) Holiday Run on Saturday, December 9! More than 330 people got moving to support the more than 1,200 local youth who participate in PAL programs annually.

PAL raised over $6,400 that will enable us to purchase items for our programs, such as basketballs for our basketball tournament, and continue offering programs for kids, such as scholarships so kids can participate in school sports programs. In addition, over 500 toys were collected for the following weekend's Christmas in Cordova event. Event photos are available on the PAL Holiday Run website here.

Save the date for the 2018 PAL Holiday Run on Saturday, December 8, 2018!

Donate to PAL with Amazon Smile
Doing any last minute holiday shopping? When you shop through Amazon Smile and select Rancho Cordova PAL, proceeds go towards supporting our programs and local youth!
Crime Suppression Unit

Story of the Month
On November 24th, a resident of Rancho Cordova discovered the tailgate of his pickup truck was stolen during the night. While in search of his tailgate utilizing online websites, the victim located what he believed was his stolen tailgate being sold on Craigslist. The victim contacted RCPD and provided the information he discovered.

With the assistance of the victim, RCPD's Crime Suppression Unit (CSU) along with Detectives coordinated a sting operation to recover the tailgate. Learn How the Story Ends
Event Lineup

DUI/Drivers License Checkpoint
Friday, December 22, 6 PM - 2 AM
Undisclosed location within the city limits
RCPD's Traffic Unit will be conducting a DUI/Drivers License Checkpoint.  Learn More

Holiday Closures
Monday, December 25
Tuesday, December 26
Monday, January 1
Rancho Cordova Police Department, 2897 Kilgore Road
The RCPD office is closed in recognition of the holidays. Although the office is closed, RCPD patrol officers and dispatchers will still be here for you, 24/7.

Neighborhood Watch Meeting
Tuesday, January 16, 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 and Save the 2018 Dates

2018 Citizen's Academy
Wednesdays, February 21 - April 4, 2018, 6 - 8 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. Applications are due by Wednesday, January 31, 2018 at 5 PM.
FAQ of the Month

Q: How do I volunteer for RCPD?
A: RCPD is looking for volunteers to support our team! You can volunteer by clicking here, downloading and completing the Volunteer Application and Volunteer Agreement, and submitting these and any other requested documents to the following:

By Mail:  Sacramento County Sheriff's Department,  Volunteer Coordinator, 711 G Street, Sacramento, CA 95814
By Fax: 916-874-9926
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. RCPD held its annual holiday parade in the Stone Creek Neighborhood on December 13th. We streamed the parade live for our Facebook followers so they could enjoy the parade from anywhere! See the Post and Parade

RCPD is on Nextdoor! Nextdoor allows us to provide you with helpful crime prevention tips, breaking news information, upcoming event announcements, and more. When you sign up for Nextdoor in a Rancho Cordova neighborhood, you will automatically begin receiving our posts.

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