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Meet the Rancho Cordova Police Department’s New POP Supervisor
The Rancho Cordova Police Department (RCPD) is pleased to introduce you to our new Problem Oriented Policing (POP) Supervisor – Sergeant Vanessa Johnson!
Sergeant Johnson began her path towards a career in law enforcement while studying criminal justice at California State University, Sacramento. She had completed an internship with the California Department of Insurance Fraud Division and was considering going into law enforcement at the state level.
However, one of her professors was a lieutenant with the Sacramento County Sheriff’s Department and inspired her to apply for the Sacramento County Sheriff’s Department Academy. She enrolled in and attended the Academy after she graduated from college.
Sergeant Johnson has been with the Sheriff’s Department for 15 years and worked in a variety of positions, including airport, marine enforcement, civil division, internal affairs, and the communications center.
In January 2017, she had an opportunity to come to RCPD on patrol. She had worked throughout the Sacramento region but never in Rancho Cordova. Rancho Cordova had an outstanding reputation of having good officer morale, a positive work environment, and a supportive city, and she had an interest in experiencing the City firsthand.
“The City of Rancho Cordova has held true to its reputation,” said Sergeant Johnson. “Coming to Rancho Cordova was one of the best decisions I’ve ever made in my career. It’s a pleasure to be part of the dedicated and motivated team at the Rancho Cordova Police Department.”
In December, Sergeant Johnson was selected to be the Supervisor of RCPD’s Problem Oriented Policing (POP) Unit. The POP Unit focuses on improving quality of life and strengthening neighborhoods in Rancho Cordova by concentrating on long-term public safety issues.
In her new role, Sergeant Johnson is helping to launch the City’s new Homeless Outreach Team, which consists of two full-time officers on the POP Unit, the City’s code enforcement department, and the City’s Homeless Navigator. The team’s primary responsibility is to connect the homeless to housing and supportive services provided through regional partners, and work with local businesses to address homelessness.
Sergeant Johnson hopes to continue to work closely with the Rancho Cordova Police Activities League (PAL) program. The 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization builds relationships between RCPD and youth through a variety of programs, at no cost to the kids. Her hope is to continue finding programs that RCPD can offer to the more than 1,200 kids the program serves each year.
Sergeant Johnson wants to further build relationships and communication between the POP Unit and residents and businesses.
“My goal is for our POP Unit to continue to strengthen relationships with our community by creating partnerships and strategies for reducing crime in our neighborhoods,” said Sergeant Johnson. “I also want to connect with and empower residents so they can work alongside us to address quality of life issues within our community.”
Come meet Sergeant Johnson at the next Neighborhood Watch Meeting on Tuesday, February 20 at 6 PM at 2897 Kilgore Road, Rancho Cordova. Click here to view the Community Resource Directory with contact information for the POP Unit.