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Crime In Rancho Cordova Continues Downward Trend
The Rancho Cordova Police Department (RCPD) is pleased to announce a significant decline in crime despite a substantial increase in population. When compared to 2007, 2008 crime data indicates a reduction in violent crimes by almost 14% and a decrease in property crimes by 25%.This drop in crime continues a downward trend. From 2006 to 2007, violent crimes in Rancho Cordova decreased 6.7% and property crimes decreased 12%. During the past two years the population in the City of Rancho Cordova has seen an 8% increase.
Rancho Cordova Police Chief Reuben Meeks credits his department’s Crime Suppression Unit (CSU), Problem Oriented Policing (POP) team and aggressive detective follow up for the dramatic decrease in crimes. The CSU was recently honored by the Rancho Cordova Elks Lodge for their outstanding contributions to the City of Rancho Cordova. During 2008, the CSU team made almost 1,100 suspicious person contacts and more than 1,500 vehicle stops. This activity resulted in more than 600 arrests and the confiscation of over 200 grams of methamphetamine, 50 grams of cocaine, and 20 guns. The POP team works in partnership with the community and local agencies to solve long-term problems and has proven to be a powerful tool to reduce crime. RCPD detectives target repeat offenders and maintain a close working relationship with the community prosecutor and the district attorney’s office to ensure successful prosecutions.
“Even though crime is going down, we need to remain vigilant and continue working just as hard,” said Chief Meeks. “With this difficult economy, there may be some that will resort to committing crimes and we want to prevent that. We are reenergizing our emphasis on the Neighborhood Watch Program and maintaining our focus on youth mentoring with our Police Activities League Program.”