Chief's Corner

Welcome to the January/February edition of The Dispatch , RCPD's e-newsletter.

As we reflect back on 2019 and continue into the new year, I am proud of our community policing model of building relationships with you - our residents and businesses. You partner with us to help prevent crime through Neighborhood Watch, Business Watch and now the #RCPD9PMRoutine. You are our eyes and ears in the community by reporting criminal and suspicious activity. You invest in being part of our Citizen's Academy and Rancho Cordova Police Activities League (PAL) to further support our community.

This year, I hope you will continue to get involved with our team by:

More information on these programs is available in this edition and on the RCPD website here . Thank you for your ongoing partnership!

Chief of Police Chris Pittman
Remembering Tony Wright

RCPD is deeply saddened to share the tragic and unexpected loss of a member of our team. On January 24, 2020, RCPD Records Officer and Reserve Deputy Sheriff Tony Wright was killed in a plane crash in Auburn.

Tony was a 23-year veteran of the Sacramento County Sheriff’s Office and joined our RCPD team in 2008. He was assigned to RCPD’s Traffic Unit and worked in our Service Center supporting our residents with general inquiries, as well as traffic-related requests. 

Tony was 55 years old and leaves behind a wife and family.
Thank You to Our Volunteers

Thank you to our team of Volunteers in Partnership with the Sheriff! Each day, these volunteers support the City of Rancho Cordova at our service center by answering resident questions, taking reports, participating in events, and assisting our team with a variety of tasks. In 2019, 30 volunteers dedicated more than 7,900 hours to serve our community, including taking more than 2,000 online reports and patrolling our neighborhoods for more than 1,400 hours. We look forward to continuing to partner with our volunteers in 2020! Learn more about volunteering
2019 RCPD Employee of the Year

Congratulations to our 2019 RCPD Employee of the Year - Officer Tracey Jacobs! Each quarter, RCPD recognizes an outstanding employee based on nominations from their peers and supervisors. At the end of the year out of those four, RCPD selects an Employee of the Year. For 2019, RCPD selected Officer Jacobs who is currently a School Resource Officer and honored her at a City Council Meeting. Learn more
Youth Center Dedicated in Rancho Cordova

On January 20, 2020, the City of Rancho Cordova and Center of Praise Ministries dedicated a site in Rancho Cordova as a future youth center, coming one step closer to its dream for local youth. 

Center of Praise Ministries in Sacramento has agreed to lease a 1.75-acre property, which includes a 9,000 square foot building, at no cost to the city for 25 years with the option to extend for another 25 years, so the property can be transformed into a youth center. 

The city, in partnership with Rancho Cordova PAL, will operate the future youth center in collaboration with other community and other nonprofit organizations. Learn more
Enforcement on Recycle Road

The City of Rancho Cordova has received multiple complaints from our community related to speeding, health and safety hazards, and abandoned vehicles along the Recycle Road corridor. In early February, RCPD and the city's Code Enforcement Division partnered to reduce the hazardous conditions and improve the quality of business practices in the area. RCPD issued 38 parking citations and four traffic citations, towed four vehicles, and arrested one subject for driving under the influence. In addition, Code Enforcement is partnering with businesses on the removal of junk and rubbish, salvaged vehicles, and other items from their properties.
Homeless Outreach Team Supports American River Parkway

The City of Rancho Cordova has received multiple complaints and calls for service from our community related to dumped trash, health and safety hazards, and illegal camping on the American River Parkway just north of the Sunriver Neighborhood. In mid-February, the city's Homeless Outreach Team - comprised of our Homeless Outreach Navigator, RCPD, code enforcement and MCE - partnered with Sacramento County Regional Parks Rangers and Sacramento County Sheriff's Work Project to reduce the hazardous conditions. Learn more
Did You Know...?

RCPD's Traffic Unit regularly and proactively patrols the City of Rancho Cordova to help keep our community roadways safe. Our officers focus especially on busy roads, including the Sunrise Boulevard and Coloma Road corridors. The past two months were no exception and officers wrote citations along both corridors for speeding violations well over the speed limit and cell phone use violations. Learn more about Sunrise Boulevard enforcement and Coloma Road enforcement
Complete the #RCPD9PMRoutine

We want you to add five, simple tasks to your evening routine. These tips will help keep you, your home and your vehicle secure. Learn what you need to do at 9 PM every night.

To assist with providing a daily reminder, we now have magnets and posters available for our residents and businesses that feature the tasks. Stop by RCPD, 2897 Kilgore Road, to pick up yours Monday-Friday from 9 AM-5 PM.
Crime Prevention Tips

Help Keep Our Community Safe on Our Roadways
Drive with care and slow down. If you plan to drink, don't drive. If you see an impaired driver on the road, call 911. If you have traffic safety and speeding concerns, report them at 916.875.9632 or through the city's Fresh Connect online reporting system at CityofRanchoCordova.org/FreshConnect .
Apply Now for 2020 Citizen's Academy

Apply now for the 2020 RCPD Citizen's Academy! The 12-week course provides our 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. Plus, this year's academy features tours of the County Main Jail and District Attorney's Crime Lab. The academy will be held on Wednesdays from March 25 through June 10, 2020 from 6-8 PM. Apply by February 28th
Event Lineup

Beers with Benefits: A Night to Benefit Rancho Cordova PAL
Friday, February 28 | 5:30 PM
Thin Line Brewing Company, 11354 White Rock Road, Suite 100 | Learn more

Community Volunteer Awards: Officer Tracey Jacobs Honored
Friday, March 13 | 6 PM
Rancho Cordova City Hall, 2729 Prospect Park Drive | Learn more

Neighborhood Watch Meeting
Tuesday, March 17 | 6 PM
RCPD, 2897 Kilgore Road | Learn more

Neighborhood Watch Meeting
Tuesday, April 21 | 6 PM
RCPD, 2897 Kilgore Road | Learn more

Kids Day in the Park
Saturday, April 25 | 11 AM - 3 PM
Hagan Park, 2197 Chase Drive | Learn more

Stay tuned to our website calendar for upcoming events.
FAQ of the Month

Q: How can I report a crime?
A: RCPD is asking residents and businesses to report any and all criminal activity. Reporting a crime means:

  1. Call RCPD at 911 when you see a crime in progress or suspicious activity.
  2. File a report in person, by phone at 916.362.5115, or online here if a crime has occurred.

Please note we cannot take reports or dispatch officers through social media.
Connect With Us

RCPD wants to connect with you on social media! Every edition, we will highlight one of our posts from RCPD's social media channels.

On January 3, 2020, an RCPD patrol officer was proactively patrolling the area of Mather Field Road and Highway 50. A vehicle stop led to the officer locating a short-barreled shotgun, two loaded handguns, additional ammunition, narcotics and narcotics paraphernalia, metal knuckles, and over $2,800 in cash, and arresting one individual. Learn more

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