Chief's Corner

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

I'd like to take a moment to say thank you to our community for all your support this holiday season. You registered for the Rancho Cordova PAL Holiday Run and made donations to PAL, totaling approximately $8,400 to support the 3,500 youth who participate in PAL programs annually. You donated gifts, wrapping supplies and food to our Christmas in Cordova event, as well as volunteered alongside us, to support 600 local children and their families. You donated clothes, backpacks, shoes and food to our Holiday STAR program, and contributed monetarily to provide shopping sprees for 45 preschool and elementary school students. This holiday season is going to be even brighter for these children and families, thanks to your partnership.

This edition, we hope you enjoy reading about the holiday events mentioned above. We also share information on programs RCPD is focusing on, from halting unsafe and illegal marijuana grows to traffic education and enforcement.

On behalf of RCPD, we wish you a happy and safe holiday season and prosperous New Year!

Chief of Police Chris Pittman
Crime in Rancho Cordova Lowest Since 2011

RCPD is proud to announce that crime is decreasing in Rancho Cordova. Per the FBI Uniform Crime Reporting and when adjusted for population, violent crime and property crime combined in the City of Rancho Cordova dropped by 21.9% from 2014-2018, the lowest since 2011. During that same time period, violent crime decreased by 10% and property crime decreased by 15.7%. 
This significant decrease can be attributed to RCPD's proactive policing programs, community policing model of building relationships with our community, and our residents and businesses taking an active role to prevent crime. Here are some examples:
  • Our Crime Suppression Unit, a highly visible and proactive team that focuses on enforcement by using crime data, trends and tips from residents
  • Our Problem Oriented Policing Unit, a team of officers assigned to areas throughout Rancho Cordova to improve quality of life
  • Our Crime Analysis and Prevention Unit, a team that partners with our community to prevent crime through proactive programs, and monitors and responds to crime data
For more information on RCPD programs and how you can partner with us, visit our website.
Holiday Wishes Come True for 600 Children

There were smiles, there was laughter, and there were tears of happiness at Christmas in Cordova on Sunday, December 15. This 9th annual event makes wishes come true for 600 local children in need this holiday season by providing Christmas gifts and food. We hope all these Rancho Cordova families have a happy and safe holiday season! Learn more
Rancho Cordova Holiday "STARs" Shine Brightly

The Holiday STAR (Student Talent Achievement Reward) program returned to Rancho Cordova for the third year in a row! The City of Rancho Cordova, RCPD and Rancho Cordova schools recognized 45 preschool and elementary school students in the city with new backpacks, clothes, shoes and $100 holiday sprees at Rancho Cordova Walmart. Learn more
RCPD Halts Unsafe and Illegal Marijuana Cultivation

RCPD is taking a proactive approach to identify and halt illegal marijuana cultivation to prevent illegal activity and nuisances for residents and businesses in the City of Rancho Cordova. RCPD recently added an officer focused on illegal marijuana cultivation investigations and enforcement to enhance its ability to investigate tips from our community and take action to stop this unsafe and illegal activity. Learn more
RCPD Receives Traffic Education and Enforcement Grant

RCPD was awarded a $55,000 grant by the California Office of Traffic Safety for a year-long traffic safety education and enforcement program. In addition, RCPD and Mercy San Juan Medical Center are once again joining forces to provide child safety seat, bicycle and pedestrian education to our community. Learn more
Did You Know...?

RCPD is working around the clock to keep our community safe as we search for impaired drivers this holiday season. As you partake in the holiday festivities, remember these two things: drive sober or get pulled over, and DUI doesn't just mean booze. Learn more
Crime Prevention Tips

Holiday Safety Tips
The holidays have arrived! RCPD wants to offer its residents tips to help keep you, your home and your vehicle secure, and how you can report criminal activity. Learn more

Preventing Catalytic Converter Thefts
Throughout the Sacramento region, there has been an increase in reports of catalytic converter thefts. RCPD has created a two-part video series to provide information on what a catalytic converter is, the reports we have received, as well as how you can prevent it. Learn more

Help Keep Your Vehicle Secure
Most vehicle burglaries are crimes of opportunity that occur during the overnight hours when your vehicle is unattended. By taking a few simple steps, you can reduce the risk to yourself while also discouraging those who commit crime. Learn more
Every Kid Needs a PAL

Holiday Run Supports Rancho Cordova Youth
Thank you to everyone who joined us for the 6th annual Rancho Cordova PAL Holiday Run on Saturday, December 14! More than 400 racers participated in the event to raise funds to support Rancho Cordova PAL and remember our fallen officer Mark Stasyuk. With your support, we raised approximately $8,400 to support the more than 3,500 local youth that participate in Rancho Cordova PAL programs annually, at no cost to the kids. Learn more

Last Minute Holiday Shopping?
Do you want to help Rancho Cordova PAL support more kids in our community? When you shop through AmazonSmile and select Rancho Cordova PAL, proceeds go towards supporting our programs and local youth! Shop now
2020 Neighborhood Watch Meetings

Join RCPD at a Neighborhood Watch Meeting in 2020! The meetings are open to any residents, whether you are a member of an active Neighborhood Watch group or interested in learning about our proactive policing programs. Meetings are held at RCPD, 2897 Kilgore Road in Rancho Cordova, at 6 PM on the following dates:

  • January 21, 2020
  • February 18, 2020
  • March 17, 2020
  • April 21, 2020
  • May 26, 2020
  • June 16, 2020
  • August 18, 2020
  • September 15, 2020
  • October 20, 2020
  • November 17, 2020

Event Lineup

RCPD Service Center Closed
Tuesday, December 24 and Wednesday, December 25
RCPD, 2897 Kilgore Road | Learn more

RCPD Service Center Closed
Wednesday, January 1
RCPD, 2897 Kilgore Road | Learn more

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

Neighborhood Watch Meeting
Tuesday, February 18 | 6 PM
RCPD, 2897 Kilgore Road | Learn more

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

Q: How can I get a free vacation home check while I'm traveling?
A: Are you traveling during the holidays? RCPD offers free vacation home checks while you are away. Sign up for a vacation home check through our Volunteers in Partnership with the Sheriff by calling 916.875.9600 or filling out this form online .
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 November 26, 2019, RCPD's Crime Suppression Unit was proactively patrolling our community in the area of Portsmouth Drive and Mills Station Road. A vehicle stop and probation search led to officers locating narcotics, more than $4,000 cash and a scale, and arresting two individuals. Learn more

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