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Program Addresses Chronic Nuisance Offenders
The Rancho Cordova Police Department (RCPD) has taken a proactive approach to focus on individuals who repeatedly commit crimes in the City of Rancho Cordova.
RCPD was responding to individuals who committed misdemeanor crimes in Rancho Cordova when they saw a pattern emerging. As is common with misdemeanor crimes due to jail overcrowding and the nature of the crimes, RCPD would often cite and release the offenders. The offenders would often not show up for court for the current crime. Later, RCPD would see the same individuals commit new crimes, and the process would start over again.
In 2017, RCPD partnered with the Sacramento County District Attorney’s Office to launch a Chronic Nuisance Offender (CNO) program in Rancho Cordova to address this public safety concern. The program includes collaboration with the Sacramento County Alcohol and Drug Services, local community-based organizations, Sacramento Steps Forward, and the Sacramento County Public Defender’s Office.
“When our partners came together, we realized there was a more efficient way to respond to these crimes and serve the Rancho Cordova community,” said Shauna Franklin, Deputy District Attorney. “The program aims to decrease crime in Rancho Cordova by providing programs that address the reasons behind the crimes and break the cycle."
RCPD’s Problem Oriented Policing (POP) team oversees the program and monitors individuals to see if they qualify to be part of it. CNO’s are individuals who have 10 or more criminal arrests or citations for specifically identified crimes, such as trespassing, theft and drug possession, or violations of probation, within the past 12 months.
If an individual is identified as a CNO and arrested for a new crime, the program partners work together to offer the individual a tailored program. The individual can decide to participate in the program, instead of doing jail time for their offenses. However, if they decide not to participate, the result is a jail sentence. The goal is to address the reason for the crime, such as substance abuse, mental illness or housing needs.
Currently, there are nine individuals identified as part of the CNO program. Approximately 60 other individuals have been identified as CNO candidates, and RCPD is monitoring them for inclusion in the program.