Chief's Corner

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

One year ago, Rancho Cordova experienced the loss of a colleague and member of our community, RCPD Officer/Sacramento County Sheriff's Deputy Mark Stasyuk . Officer Stasyuk was a self-motivated, energetic officer who enjoyed meeting our city's students and residents. In this edition, we highlight a permanent memorial that has been erected to remember him, and we invite you to take the time to visit it. Thank you for the ongoing care and concern you have showed for our RCPD team. We are proud to serve you.

Fall is here, and we are heading into the holiday season. RCPD and Rancho Cordova PAL are once again hosting our annual Christmas in Cordova event to support 300 families in our community. If your family needs a helping hand, we encourage you to apply for the program. If you want to make a difference, you can get involved by volunteering, hosting a toy drive, or making a donation. Learn more in this edition.

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

Chief of Police Chris Pittman
Remembering Officer Mark Stasyuk

On September 17, 2018, RCPD Officer/Sacramento County Sheriff's Deputy Mark Stasyuk made the ultimate sacrifice. He was a four-and-a-half year veteran of the Sheriff's Office and served our Rancho Cordova community as a patrol officer. For the one-year anniversary, RCPD and the Sheriff's Office unveiled and installed a new bench and plaque in honor of Officer Stasyuk at Pep Boys. We will never forget. Learn more
FCUSD Honors First Responders for Saving a Student's Life

In August, Cordova High School sophomore Sunn Carson collapsed during class. Doctors believe Sunn is alive today and back at school enjoying his sophomore year thanks to the team who responded - Cordova High School staff and nurses, RCPD and Sacramento Metropolitan Fire District. The Folsom Cordova Unified School District Board recently recognized the first responders for saving Sunn's life. Learn more
Happy Birthday, Detection K9 Zoe

On October 30, we celebrated Detection K9 Zoe's third birthday at Riverview STEM Academy! Around 100 kindergartners wore birthday hats as they sang Zoe happy birthday, enjoyed birthday cake, petted Zoe, and played with dog-themed stickers. Zoe was decked out in a birthday bandana and had fun celebrating with all the students. Happy Birthday, Zoe! Learn more
You Can Help RCPD Build Trust with Our Youth

Recently, our School Resource Officers have been hearing something that undermines our partnership with students. When our officers are nearby, we've heard a parent tell their child that we are going to take them to jail if they are bad. Our officers have even been asked to "arrest" their child for such behavior. Instead, learn what messages you can share with your child here .
Did You Know...?

The City of Rancho Cordova has a Homeless Outreach Team that builds relationships with homeless individuals and families and provides services, education and resources in partnership with local organizations to help them become self-sufficient. In the last year, our Homeless Outreach Navigator has housed more than 60 homeless individuals and families. Learn about one of the families we've housed, and how you can make a donation here .
Crime Prevention Tips

Car Seat Safety Tips
September 21 was National Seat Check Saturday. RCPD and Safe Kids Greater Sacramento provided free car seat checks to local families to help ensure children are riding safely in the car. Click here for tips to help keep your children safe.

Halloween Safety Tips
Happy Halloween! Here are tips to ensure that you and your family have a safe and happy Halloween in Rancho Cordova. Learn more

Internet Safety Tips
RCPD has visited all fifth grade classes in the Folsom Cordova Unified School District to provide a presentation and tips on internet safety to help keep our students safe. The National Center for Missing and Exploited Persons has helpful information for parents, guardians and community members on what is occurring online and how to respond. Learn more
Every Kid Needs a PAL

Get Fit with PAL
Rancho Cordova PAL has launched the second year of its Get Fit with PAL program! The program offers fun activities for students at Rancho Cordova elementary schools to help them keep active and connected to our community, as well as build relationships between our officers and students. Learn more
Save the Date: PAL Holiday Run

Lace up your running shoes, put on your Santa hat, and join us for the 6th annual Rancho Cordova PAL Holiday Run on Saturday, December 14! The run remembers our fallen officer Mark Stasyuk and features a 5K for adult and youth, 10K for adult and youth, and 1.2 mile family walk and run through Rancho Cordova. By registering, you support the more than 3,500 local youth that participate in PAL programs annually, at no cost to the kids. Registration opens this week! Learn more
Christmas in Cordova

RCPD and Rancho Cordova PAL host its annual Christmas in Cordova on Sunday, December 15. This one-day family event held at Mills Middle School is designed with the simple premise that "every child should have a present to open at Christmas." If you are in need of a helping hand, applications are available in early November. We are seeking volunteers to support this year's Christmas in Cordova event, as well as donations of new and unwrapped toys, gift wrapping paper and supplies, and arts and craft materials. Learn more
Event Lineup

Christmas in Cordova Toy Drive
Friday, November 1 - Friday, November 29 | Hours depend on location
Multiple Locations | Learn more

Christmas in Cordova Open Enrollment
November 5, 7 and 8 | 8 AM - 12:30 PM
Sacramento Children's Museum, 2701 Prospect Park Drive | Learn more

Rancho Cordova State of the City
Thursday, November 7 | 5:30 PM
Rancho Cordova City Hall, 2729 Prospect Park Drive | Learn more

Neighborhood Watch Meeting
Tuesday, November 19 | 6 PM
RCPD, 2897 Kilgore Road | Learn more

Christmas in Cordova Toy Drive
Friday, November 29 | 6 - 9 PM
Rancho Cordova Target, 10881 Olson Drive | Learn more

"Stuff the Squad Car" at Christmas Tree Lighting
Sunday, December 1 | 4 - 7:30 PM
Village Green Park, 3141 Bridgeway Drive | Learn more

Christmas in Cordova Toy Drive
Thursday, December 5 | 6 - 9 PM
Rancho Cordova Target, 10881 Olson Drive | Learn more

Rancho Cordova PAL Holiday Run
Saturday, December 14 | 7 - 10 AM
Village Green Park, 3141 Bridgeway Drive | Learn more

Christmas Parade
Wednesday, December 18 | 6:30 PM
Lincoln Village Neighborhood | Learn more

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

Q: How do I report a crime in progress or suspicious activity?
A: To report a crime in progress or suspicious activity, call 911. This number will route your call to a dispatcher who will determine if you need RCPD, Fire or CHP to respond.

To reach RCPD in an emergency more directly, call 916.362.5111. Please note, you CANNOT use this number to reach Fire or CHP in an emergency. Learn more
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 September 29, CHP received multiple reports of an individual standing on the outside of the Routier Road and Highway 50 overpass fence. The individual was showing signs of jumping or slipping off the fence and onto the highway. RCPD and CHP partnered to get the individual to safety. Learn more

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