Our Stance

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Officer and KidsAt the Folsom Police Department, our stance is simple: It is our duty to serve and our honor to protect.

We take pride in serving our community. For many of us, Folsom is not just where we work. Folsom is home.

For decades, we’ve embraced and maintained a culture of community-oriented policing, training, community engagement, and accountability.

Recent conversations have delved into daily police operations, and it is important that you know where we stand on the issues.


Our Stance

FPD Stance flyer

Our Training

We invest heavily in training. We are continually striving to improve our de-escalation methods, expand our implicit bias training, and broaden our crisis intervention techniques, incorporating them into our ongoing training and everyday work style.

Our Duty to Intercede

We have a duty to intercede and the objective to avoid injury. In 2019, less than a fraction of 1% of calls for service resulted in a use of force by a Folsom police officer. We have clear standards on when force can be used, and a comprehensive review process for incidents when force has been used.

Our Use of Force Policy

The law permits a police officer to use reasonable force to effect an arrest, to prevent escape, or to overcome resistance. Our policy further states that the application of any pain compliance technique shall be discontinued once the officer determines that compliance has been achieved.

Our Stance on Quotas

We have never had quotas. They are banned in our department and the state of California.

Our Discipline Oversight

The Folsom Police Chief reports directly to the non-political, non-partisan City Manager. Matters of employee discipline, including the Police Department’s disciplinary review board, are managed by the Human Resources Director and the City Attorney’s Office; both entities are completely independent of the Police Department.

A Message from the Chief of Police

“The Folsom Police Department is staffed with amazing people who care about the community and come to work each day to provide the best law enforcement services possible. I am committed to providing our personnel with great training, modern equipment, and excellent supervision to make sure they continue to meet the community’s expectations for policing in Folsom.” – Rick Hillman, Chief of Police


July 2020 Update to the City Council

The Folsom Police Department provided an update on our policies to the Folsom City Council July 28, 2020.

July 2020 Update to the City Council


More Information

The status quo is never good enough. We know that we must continue to elevate our profession to ensure we are serving our community to the highest standards.

We welcome you to learn more, connect, and share your thoughts.

Learn More About:

Our Mission

  • Serve with Purpose;
  • Relentlessly Pursue Criminal Behavior;
  • Proactively Foster Positive Relationships

Our Vision

To be a premier law enforcement agency by investing in our community and ourselves through progressive outreach programs, training opportunities, and technological advances.

Our Values

  • Courage
  • Integrity
  • Esprit de Corps
  • Professionalism
  • Accountability
  • Compassion
  • Safety
  • Justice


Statistics: A Few Quick Facts

  • Uniformed Officers: 79
  • Non-sworn Employees: 30
    (Dispatchers, Records, Administrative Staff)
  • “Beat” Areas: 5
    Each shift typically has one officer per beat, plus a supervisor.

Calls for Service Statistics

 Chart displaying calls for service in 2019 versus 2020

 

Year

Jan

Feb

Mar

Apr

May

Jun

Jul

Aug

Sept

Oct

Nov

Dec

2019

3,306

3,032

3,717

3,553

3,620

3,853

3,959

4,237

3,881

4,206

3,765

3,501

2020

3,702

3,847

3,142

2,638

3,507

3,542

3,716

3,896

 3,692

3,761

3,161

2,959

Use of Force Statistics

  • Of the more than 44,000 calls for service in 2019, approximately .1% resulted in officers having to use force.
  • Decisions to use force are based on the situation, its escalation, and supervisor approval.
  • There were zero instances of use of the carotid hold or use of a firearm.
Control
Hold
Take Downs WRAP Restraint Electronic Control Device Personal Body Weapon K-9 Projectile
26.4% 28.3% 17% 9.4% 7.5% 3.8% 1.9%


Community Programs 

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Please note: These programs are currently unavailable due to COVID-19.

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Citizen's AcademyThe annual Citizen's Academy takes place from January to March and gives residents an in-depth look at the Folsom Police and Fire Departments.

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