Chief's Corner

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

This month, RCPD kicked off its next Citizen's Academy! I am so pleased to see more than 20 residents and business owners participating in this eight-week course focused on providing information about our police department and its proactive policing programs, as well as tools and resources residents can use to help prevent crime. Graduates of the Citizen's Academy have become even more engaged with RCPD from getting involved in Neighborhood Watch to volunteering. I look forward to getting to know our residents in the current Citizen's Academy, and I hope you will consider participating in the future!

RCPD's police force are hand-picked because of their skill and passion for our community, which makes for a dedicated and motivated team. In this edition, we are proud to introduce you to one of our lieutenant's who has been honored for going above and beyond to support our team through leadership development.

Thank you, and I hope you enjoy reading this edition!

Chief of Police Chris Pittman
RCPD Lieutenant Honored by Sacramento State University

On April 13, Rancho Cordova Police Department (RCPD) Lieutenant Rob Patton was honored as a Distinguished Alumni at the Sacramento State University Division of Criminal Justice's 50th Anniversary Gala.

The gala theme was "50 Years of Justice Education Leadership" and honored nine distinguished alumni who have graduated from Sacramento State University with degrees in Criminal Justice. Lieutenant Patton was selected as an honoree for creating the Sheriff's Leadership Program at the Sacramento County Sheriff's Department. Learn More
How to Contact Your POP and Neighborhood Officers

RCPD has Problem Oriented Policing (POP) officers and patrol officers assigned to each neighborhood in the City of Rancho Cordova. This results in a better understanding of  the needs of neighborhoods, and offers residents and officers an opportunity to get to know each other.

POP officers focus on identifying solutions to long-term issues affecting you in your day-to-day life, such as a problematic neighbor or business.  Neighborhood officers will respond to calls in their designated neighborhood to the extent possible and partner with POP officers to address long-term issues.

RCPD has a map that you can use to easily identify and contact your POP officer and neighborhood officer. Click here to visit the map. Simply enter your address, and the officer information will pop up.
Did You Know...?

The S.E.E. (Sheriff's Electronic Eye) Program allows residents and businesses throughout Rancho Cordova and Sacramento County to register the locations of their video surveillance cameras. When a crime occurs, RCPD will be able to reach out to residents in the nearby area and seek their assistance to help collect video evidence. Click here to register your camera.
Crime Prevention Tips

April is National Distracted Driving Awareness Month, and RCPD is joining law enforcement agencies statewide in stopping drivers who violate California's hands-free cell phone law. This month and throughout the year, if you need to make a call or text someone, pull over and park at a safe location. Struggling to stay off the phone while driving? Put your phone in a place you can't reach, like the back seat or trunk. Learn More

Be a bicycle pro! RCPD wants to help our local youth be bicycle pros with five bicycle safety tips when riding throughout our community.  Learn More
Every Kid Needs a PAL

Now is your last chance to sign up for the Rancho Cordova Police Activities League (PAL) Junior Giants program! Junior Giants is a free, non-competitive and coed baseball program for youth each summer that builds good sportsmanship, good nutrition, and the skills to be a good athlete. The program is open to Rancho Cordova youth ages 5-13 and offers equipment, uniforms, program incentives and training for coaches.

Sign up online by clicking here through Wednesday, May 1. The 2019 Junior Giants season begins in mid-June! Learn More
Crime Suppression Unit

Story of the Month
On March 20, RCPD officers assigned to the Crime Suppression Unit (CSU) were proactively patrolling the parking lot of the Red Roof Inn & Suites in the City of Rancho Cordova. CSU officers observed a vehicle operating with vehicle code violations and conducted a vehicle stop.

As CSU officers approached the vehicle, they observed two individuals in the vehicle with narcotics paraphernalia, and the driver quickly put an unknown item into the driver's side door. Learn How the Story Ends
Men's Stage 2 Start of Amgen Tour of California Coming to Rancho Cordova

The City of Rancho Cordova and Rancho Cordova Travel & Tourism are excited to announce that Rancho Cordova will host the Stage 2 Start of the 2019 Amgen Tour of California on Monday, May 13! This is the first time Rancho Cordova has been selected as an Amgen Tour of California Host City. The City will welcome a Tour de France-style cycling road race to Rancho Cordova as part of the tour across the state.

The City is offering a race guide that includes five ways for you to celebrate and enjoy the race, Men's Stage 2 race information, road closure and parking details, and more. Learn More
Event Lineup

Tip-a-Cop
Tuesday, April 30, 5 - 9 PM
Chili's, 3199 Zinfandel Drive
Join RCPD to support the Special Olympics Northern California by eating out. RCPD officers will be servers to raise funds for Special Olympics athletes. Ten percent of your meal will be donated when this event coupon is presented, as well as any tips.

Neighborhood Watch Meeting
Tuesday, May 21, 6 PM
Tuesday, June 18, 6 PM
Rancho Cordova Police Department, 2897 Kilgore Road
Join RCPD 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 and Save the 2019 Dates
FAQ of the Month

Q:  How do I request a ride along?
A: The RCPD Ride Along Program educates residents about what our police department does each day. All individuals wishing to participate in the Ride Along Program must be at least 18 years of age, must not currently be under a driver's license suspension or revocation from the Department of Motor Vehicles, and must have no warrants outstanding for their arrest (except parking warrants). To request a ride along, stop by RCPD, 2897 Kilgore Road, Monday through Friday between 8 AM to 5 PM to obtain and complete a Ride Along Form. Please apply at least two weeks in advance so records checks and scheduling can be accommodated.
Follow RCPD on Twitter for Real-Time Updates

Have you ever wondered what is happening when you see police activity in your neighborhood? To increase communication with our residents, RCPD has started providing real-time updates through Twitter! Our goal is to provide information about missing persons, K9 searches, traffic announcements and other police activity. Click the button below to follow RCPD on Twitter to receive these updates:

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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. 

Recently, we highlighted a story on our social media channels about Rancho Cordova Junior Police Officer Chase! Chase is a student at Cordova Gardens Elementary School and an aspiring police officer. He said it would be a dream come true to meet a real police officer, so RCPD made his dream a reality! Read the Full Story Here

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