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Problem Oriented Policing (POP) Unit
Meet our POP Unit! Our POP Unit focuses on improving quality of life and strengthening neighborhoods in Rancho Cordova. The team accomplishes this by concentrating on long-term public safety issues that affect you in your day-to-day life, such as a problematic neighbor or local business.
The POP Unit is comprised of a POP Supervisor, five POP Officers, two School Resource Officers, a Youth Services Officer, a Crime Prevention Specialist, and a Community Prosecutor. One unique component of the program is each POP Officer is assigned to an area in Rancho Cordova.
"This strategy allows citizens and officers to have one-on-one communication, which builds relationships between residents and officers, and allows officers to be more proactive within the community,” said POP Sergeant Claudio Sotelo. “It hones in on having an actual, live person you can partner with.”
If you have a concern or question in your neighborhood, RCPD encourages you to:
- Refer to RCPD’s Community Policing Resource Directory to identify your POP Officer.
- Contact your POP Officer by email or phone.
- Attend a Neighborhood Watch Meeting to meet your POP Officer in person.
POP also oversees a number of programs in Rancho Cordova, and here is a brief summary of some of them:
- ABC Grant Program: The POP Unit collaborates with other city and county departments and partners to identify and target problem businesses that hold Alcoholic Beverage Control (ABC) licenses. The program also helps reduce the sales and availability of alcoholic beverages to minors through operations at licensed businesses. The program is funded by a grant from the State of California Department of ABC.
- Chronic Nuisance Offender Program: The POP Unit partners with a Community Prosecutor from the Sacramento County District Attorney’s Office to identify Chronic Nuisance Offenders. To qualify for the program, the offender must have committed a crime that had a negative impact on the public safety and/or quality of life within a significant portion of the community, and have a combined total of 10 arrests, citations or violations of probation within the past 12 months from the date of the most recent qualifying arrest for crimes such as assault, theft and panhandling.
- RT Blitz: The POP Unit partners with Regional Transit Police, as well as Regional Transit Fare Inspectors/Transit Agents, Probation, and other law enforcement agencies to inspect fares at stations and on trains. The primary goal is to educate riders on proper fare and other rules while increasing public safety at Regional Transit locations in our community.
Stay tuned to future e-newsletters for more in-depth information on POP programs and success stories!