Chief's Corner

Welcome to the July/August edition of  The Dispatch , the Rancho Cordova Police Department's (RCPD) e-newsletter.

In July, I had the opportunity to meet many new residents and see many familiar faces at a variety of events in Rancho Cordova:
  • The Sacramento County Sheriff's Department partnered with RCPD to bring Unity in the Community to the City of Rancho Cordova for the first time. Hundreds of residents attended the event, despite the warm day, and I hope this gave you the opportunity to learn more about the wealth of services our entire department can provide to serve the Rancho Cordova community.
  • The City's 15th Birthday Celebration at Rancho Cordova City Hall was a momentous occasion! I was honored to be part of celebrating this milestone for our community.
  • The Fourth of July was a patriotic and hometown celebration, filled with fun for all ages at Hagan Park. In addition to proactively patrolling the event, our team provided free paddle boat rides to families, handed out many police department stickers to kids, participated in the parade, and enjoyed the most spectacular fireworks show in the region alongside you.
This edition features many special stories, including the introduction of our new detection K9 Zoe and a behind-the-scenes look at our Investigations Unit.

Thank you for reading this edition, and we hope to see you during National Night Out on August 7th!

Chief of Police Chris Pittman
NNOJoin Us for National Night Out

National Night Out is just around the corner! Join RCPD for an evening of food, neighbors meeting neighbors, and fun on Tuesday, August 7th. 

Tune In to Our National Night Out Scavenger Hunt
We are excited to announce that our annual National Night Out Scavenger Hunt is returning! Three RCPD teams will compete against each other to find items and participate in fun activities at Rancho Cordova's National Night Out events. The team that finds the most items or participates in the most activities is the winner.  Tune in to RCPD's Facebook page live on Tuesday, August 7th starting at 5 PM to watch the competition unfold!
Meet Our Detection K9 Zoe

RCPD is pleased to introduce you to the newest member of the Youth Services Unit that supports Rancho Cordova schools: detection K9 Zoe!

Zoe is a 20-month-old German shorthaired pointer who is focused, driven, playful and friendly. On July 6th, Zoe became certified to California Peace Officer's Standards and Training, which followed a 120-hour training course from Top Dog Police Canine Training Center. She is trained to identify narcotics, firearms, ammunition and explosives to help keep our students and schools even safer. Read More About Zoe
Meet Our Investigations Unit

Meet RCPD's Investigations Unit! The Unit is responsible for investigating crimes, identifying and apprehending criminals, recovering stolen property, and more in the City of Rancho Cordova. The Investigations Unit is comprised of a Sergeant and four detectives.  Learn More About Our Investigations Unit
Fourth of July Illegal Fireworks Response

RCPD took a multi-pronged approach to address illegal fireworks during the Fourth of July season, which included education, regional proactive efforts, and local response. Learn More
Crime Prevention Tips

Schools will soon be back in session in the City of Rancho Cordova! RCPD offers these safety tips as students head back to school. Learn More
Did You Know...?

In celebration of the City of Rancho Cordova's 15th birthday, we took a look back at the history of Rancho Cordova and our successes. One of these successes was the opening of our police station at 2897 Kilgore Road. Did you know the police station opened on August 31, 2011? An open house was held at the station and included a ribbon cutting, tours of the new station, and the dedication of the Larry Canfield Community Room, which pays tribute to RCPD Motor Officer Larry Canfield who was killed in the line of duty on November 12, 2008.
Problem Oriented Policing Unit Address Problem Properties

On July 9th, RCPD's Problem Oriented Policing Unit and Homeless Outreach Team, Sacramento County Probation Department, and the City of Rancho Cordova's Code Enforcement team conducted an operation focusing on residences that have generated numerous calls for service in the City of Rancho Cordova. During the operation, nine residences were visited, three residences were vacated as uninhabitable (red-tagged) due to substandard housing conditions, two felony arrests were made, and two drug citations were issued. Read the Full Story
Crime Suppression Unit

Community Enhancement Fund Supports Crime Suppression Unit
On June 4th, the City of Rancho Cordova approved more than 50 community grants from the Community Enhancement Fund for the 2018/2019 fiscal year. The Crime Suppression Unit (CSU) is a highly proactive team consisting of a Sergeant and four officers that focuses on enforcement in high crime areas in Rancho Cordova. CSU was formed in 2015 and received a Community Enhancement Fund grant once again this year to support the program!  The Community Enhancement Fund provides an additional $1.3 million in funding to the $20 million+ annual police budget during the 2018/2019 fiscal year.  Learn More

Story of the Month
On July 13th, RCPD Officers assigned to CSU were conducting proactive enforcement in the area of West La Loma Drive and Folsom Boulevard. CSU Officers observed a suspicious person standing at the rear of a vehicle with the hatch open. The individual provided a name and personal information to officers that didn't match up with our records. When CSU Officers exited their vehicle to speak with the individual further, the individual ran. When CSU Officers caught up to the individual, the individual fought the officers before being detained.  Learn How the Story Ends
RCPD Welcomes New Motor Officers

RCPD has three new motorcycle officers to support our community!  RCPD's Traffic Unit includes six motor officers whose focus is to enforce the vehicle code traffic laws, investigate serious and fatal traffic collisions, and assist patrol officers with traffic collision and driving under the influence investigations. The motor officers also respond to traffic complaints made by residents, proactively enforce bicycle and pedestrian laws, and provide traffic control for large community events. Meet Our New Motor Officers
Event Lineup

National Night Out
Tuesday, August 7, Multiple times and locations
Join RCPD for an evening of food, neighbors meeting neighbors, and fun! Check with your neighborhood watch group or homeowners association to see if your area is hosting a public event, or host one of your own.  Learn More in the Article Above

Neighborhood Watch Meeting
Tuesday, August 21, 6 PM
Tuesday, September 18, 6 PM
Rancho Cordova Police Department, 2897 Kilgore Road
Join us for a Neighborhood Watch Meeting 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

Star Wars Night at Raley Field
Friday, August 24, Pre-game tailgate party starts at 4 PM, 1st pitch at 7:05 PM
Raley Field, 400 Ballpark Drive, West Sacramento
The Rancho Cordova Police Activities League is partnering with the Rivercats for Star Wars Night at Raley Field and hosting the pre-game tailgate party! Enjoy the Rivercats vs. the Las Vegas 51's, live music, giveaways, fireworks show and more. Tickets are $25 and include senate seats by 3rd base through RCPD by contacting Tina Aldama at (916) 704-1462 or Officer Jose De La Cruz at (916) 717-2348. Learn More

California Capital Airshow
Friday, September 21-Sunday, September 23
Mather Airport, Sacramento
The 13th annual California Capital Airshow will be soaring above Mather Airport this September! Celebrate the 100th Anniversary of Mather Field and the City's 15th birthday with a special Friday Night Show and fireworks brought to you, in part, by the City. Stop by RCPD's booth on Saturday, September 22 and Sunday, September 23 for special giveaways, a special surprise, and more! Learn More
FAQ of the Month

Q:  How do I pay or contest a parking citation?
A: You can pay or contest your parking citation online.  Visit the RCPD website to get started! Once you reach the citation website , you will have two options to either make a payment online or contest a citation, and simply follow the online instructions.
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 an officer who found four kittens in the parking lot of Lowe's in Rancho Cordova, which were taken to the Sacramento SPCA for foster care until they could go up for adoption. Read the Full Story Here

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