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Crime Suppression Unit
Our Crime Suppression Unit (CSU) is a highly proactive team consisting of a Sergeant and four officers that focuses on enforcement in high crime areas in Rancho Cordova. These areas are identified based on crime analysis, including calls for service and other intelligence, as well as community tips and complaints. Once these areas have been identified, CSU proactively hits the street to conduct enforcement.
CSU’s proactive enforcement activities include making arrests, contacting individuals on probation or parole, and removing weapons, illicit drugs and contraband off the streets. CSU regularly collaborates with RCPD Detectives to investigate and solve major cases due to its extensive knowledge of criminals that have been arrested. In addition, CSU proactively addresses series of crimes through special programs, such as its bait package program which helps to prevent package thefts during the holiday season.
“CSU was formed in 2015 to provide a proactive approach, as well as additional capacity, to prevent crime in Rancho Cordova,” said CSU Sergeant Michael Robertson. “Our team functions differently because we aren’t assigned to general patrol. This allows us to focus solely on proactively targeting career criminals and major crimes.”
Here is a brief summary of some of CSU’s statistics during the 2016/2017 fiscal year:
- Contacted Probationers: 662
- Arrests Made
- Felony: 89
- Felony Warrant: 88
- Misdemeanor: 19
- Misdemeanor Warrant: 13
CSU is largely funded by the City of Rancho Cordova’s Community Enhancement Fund, which is supported by a ½ cent, voter-approved sales tax. The Community Enhancement Fund provides an additional $1,020,000 in funding to the $19 million+ annual police budget during the 2017/2018 fiscal year.
Since CSU's formation, Rancho Cordova is reporting a 28.8% decrease in violent crime and a 16.7% decrease in property crime. In addition, patrol officers are able to more efficiently respond to calls for service.
Stay tuned to future e-newsletters for more in-depth information on CSU programs and success stories!