January 22, 2023-
812 Calls for Service
|118 Crime Reports Crime reports are the number of reports generated through online reporting or by FPD officers and staff documenting a crime, missing persons, or other significant events.|
For more information on our weekly statistics, please visit the Police Log
We at the Folsom Police Department have always prided ourselves on our relationship and partnership with our community. And we know, especially in the wake of the last several years, that many questions and concerns have been raised regarding what policing in our country should look like.
We have heard the questions and concerns. We hope to provide information that will help our community understand how Folsom Police Department hires, operates, trains our officers, and is adapting to the changing world of law enforcement.
We value the trust that our community has placed in us. And we know that the more we are able to share openly, the more that we will be able to connect, communicate, and work with our community. The information provided below is a summary of key topics and may change with time; be sure to check in and see what's new to the conversation.
Folsom Police Department strives to provide our residents with excellent service on each call for service we respond to.
Please use one of the forms below to tell us about your experiences with Folsom Police Department. Your responses will be shared with the appropriate supervisor and, if needed, investigated thoroughly. You can learn more about how we investigate complaints regarding our employees below.
Employee Complaint Investigation Process
A complaint may be filed in person, in writing, by using the form above, by e-mail, or by telephoning the Department. Complainants making a complaint in writing are encouraged to be completed on a Personnel Complaint Report available at the Police Department or online.
An administrative investigation of an officer is governed by a variety of state laws and Department policies. The investigation shall proceed with due diligence. Upon completion, the report is forwarded to the employee's commanding officer. The Police Chief then reviews and assesses the findings.
Sustained: The act occurred and that it constituted misconduct.
Unfounded: The alleged act did not occur, is frivolous, or did not involve department personnel.
Not Sustained: There is insufficient evidence to sustain the complaint or fully exonerate the employee.
Exonerated: The act was justified, lawful, and/or proper.
Sustained allegations can result in discipline to include training, reprimand, suspension, demotion, and/or termination. State law prevents the Department from disclosing the specifics of any disciplinary action, but the Department will notify the complainant of the disposition for each allegation in the investigation. For further information, please contact the Police Department’s Professional Standards Unit at 916-461-6400.
The Folsom Police Department recruits and hires only those individuals who are committed to service and possess the traits and characteristics that reflect personal integrity and high ethical standards.
Our Hiring Process
When we are looking to fill vacancies within our Department, we work with the City of Folsom Human Resources Department to publicly post the vacancy and call for applications.
Once an application has been accepted and it is confirmed that the POST requirements for the position have been met, all potential new hires must follow the following process:
1. Candidates interview with an Oral Board that typically consists of both current officers, city employees or residents. Those candidates who are selected by the panel are then extended an offer of a more personal interview with the Police Chief or their designee.
2. Candidates that pass the Oral Board interview complete a Pre-Employment Questionnaire. This questionnaire helps to confirm that the candidate meets all hiring criteria prior to additional interviews or the background process. It includes questions regarding education and previous work experience.
3. A Background Investigation begins with completion of a Personal History Statement (which requires compilation of extensive biographical information), completion of additional questionnaires, fingerprinting, and an interview with a background investigator. The investigation will also include checks of employment, police, financial, education, and military records and interviews with family members, neighbors, supervisors, co-workers, and friends.
4. Candidates who pass the background investigation are given a conditional offer of employment. Upon acceptance, they must complete and pass a polygraph exam, a medical exam, and psychological exam
5. After they meet all qualifications of their appointment, including completion of the Police Academy, the candidate may be sworn in as a Police Officer with Folsom Police Department. They then will complete their Field Training to learn our community as well as the best practices used by Department while completing their job duties. During this time, officers are evaluated not only on the work they complete, but also on their character.
Our Hiring Standards
We hire employees and officers that are good people first and foremost, with a desire to serve their community with a high standard of ethics and morals.
To become a Folsom Police Officer, you must:
- High school diploma or equivalent
- Be enrolled in or complete the POST approved Basic Academy by hire date (entry-level candidates)
- Possess POST Basic Certificate (lateral candidates)
- 1+ year of law enforcement experience (lateral candidates)
- 21 years of age or older
- Possess a valid California driver license
Our department's community policing approach means that officers work in partnership with our community to solve problems and prevent crime. Our ideal candidates would:
- Be good communicators and be able to meet and deal with the public tactfully and effectively.
- Be able to analyze situations and adopt quick, effective, and reasonable courses of action.
- Have knowledge of police methods and procedures, criminal law, and criminal procedures.
AB 481 requires that local police departments share information regarding the funding, acquisition, and use of military equipment.
The Folsom Police Department does not currently own or maintain any surplus military equipment. However, some of the equipment we use does meet the legislation's definition of military equipment. These include:
- Unmanned, remotely piloted, powered aerial or ground vehicles
- Mine-resistant ambush-protected vehicles or armored personnel carriers
- High mobility multipurpose wheeled vehicles (HMMWV), two-and-one-half-ton trucks, five-ton trucks, or wheeled vehicles that have breeching or entry apparatus attached
- Tracked armored vehicles that provide ballistic protection to their occupants
- Command and control vehicles that are either built or modified to facilitate the operational control and direction of the public safety units
- Battering rams, slugs, and breaching apparatuses that are explosive in nature
- Firearms and ammunition of .50 caliber or greater, excluding standard-issue shotguns and standard-issue shotgun ammunition
- Specialize firearms and ammunition of less than .50 caliber, including firearms and accessories identified as assault weapons in Penal Code § 30510 and Penal Code § 30515, with the exception of standard-issue handguns
- Any firearm or firearm accessory that is designed to launch explosive projectiles
- Noise-flash diversionary devices and explosive breaching tools
- Mutations containing tear gas or OC, excluding standard, service-issued handheld pepper spray
- TASER® Shockwave, microwave weapons, water cannons, and long-range acoustic devices
- Kinetic energy weapons and munitions
- Any other equipment as determined by a governing body or state agency to require additional oversight.
We have policies regarding the use of this equipment, the expected lifespan of these items, and the financial impact of these items.
Additionally, we provide opportunities for members of the public to learn more about this equipment and provide input. This includes an annual reporting to our City Council and hosting community meetings. Check back here for dates of upcoming opportunities to learn more about our military-like equipment.
Officer worn cameras, more commonly known as body worn cameras, assist officers in the performance of their duties and help to ensure that there is an additional layer of accountability both for law enforcement personnel and the community they serve.
All uniformed officers, including those on patrol and those in our Traffic Unit, are required by policy to wear these devices and to activate them in accordance with our policy. You can learn more about our policies here.
The Folsom Police Department's Policy Manual governs our everyday actions and operations. The Policy Manual serves as a guide for our employees and is one of the tools we use to help ensure a professional work environment and that our employees act in a way that is consistent with our training and national standards.
Review the Folsom Police Department Policy Manual (updated January 2023)
The Folsom Police Department Communications manual provides guidance for employees on radio use, appropriate language and terminology to be used while on the radio, how calls are taken and dispatched.
Review the Folsom Police Department Communications Manual (updated December 2019)
Review Radio Procedures (updated August 2018)
Communicating with Other Agencies
The Folsom Police Department, along with other neighboring agencies, has developed policies and procedures for how to communicate amongst agencies when collaborating for events or operations.
Review the Com-Link Manual (updated December 2019)
Our two school resource officers are assigned to work on the Folsom Cordova Unified School District campuses located in the City of Folsom. They divide their time between the two high school campuses, two middle school campuses, and 11 elementary campuses.
We take great pride in developing relationships with students. In fact, it’s one of our greatest priorities. We get to know them by name and we know that our interactions with them matter. We want them to know that, like their families and teachers, we too want them to succeed in life.
When we are called to a campus for a criminal matter, our goal is to not to punish the student. Our ultimate goal is to have the student learn from their experience. We understand that more often than not, there is much more going on than what we see on the surface. Our goal is to get to the root of that, and make sure the student is safe, both on campus and at home.
The Folsom Police Department invests 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.
In accordance with Title 4.7. Law Enforcement Agency Regulations 13650, we are sharing our current training materials.
We have a duty to intercede and the objective to avoid injury. It is our goal through our training and use of technology to deescalate situations and limit the need to use force while maintaining safety in our community.
In 2019, less than a fraction of 1% of calls resulted in a use of force by a Folsom police officer. We have clear standards on when force can be used, and a review process for incidents when force has been used. You can learn more about our Use of Force Policy here.