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June 20, 2018
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Public Safety

Brian Masterson
New personnel and public safety equipment
June 8, 2018

 

New Public Safety Officers: 

Rohnert Park Public Safety has a long and proud tradition of providing excellent service to our residents for both police and fire related calls. One of the things that makes our department outstanding is the quality of people that we hire. It takes six months to hire applicants who must go through a very thorough background process.

We recently hired six new officers, all graduates of the state-certified Police Academy in Windsor. All California Police Academies are managed by the Police Officers Standards of Training (POST). POST ensures that all recruits receive the same training. All six of our new officers will now undergo a 14-week Field Training Program.

The Field Training Program provides the new officers with  one on one supervision from a senior officer who will help them understand and perform their duties. The program covers everything from traffic stops to crimes in progress and all of the paperwork required to submit cases to the district attorney’s office for criminal prosecution. The program requires daily evaluations of the new officers by their senior Field Training Officer.  

We are proud to introduce our newest Public Safety Officers:  Kelli Callison, Brittany Frankenstein, Joseph Huss, Alyssa Novello, Ryan Sullivan and Allyson Ward. We appreciate the continued support that our department receives from our residents and we know that you will be favorably impressed by the professionalism and dedication of our newest Public Safety Officers.

New Ladder Truck: 

The Rohnert Park Department of Public Safety is happy to announce the arrival of the city’s newest addition to its fleet; a state-of-the-art ladder truck known as Truck 9953. Truck 9953 was built by Rosenbauer America in Nebraska and Minnesota. 

Adding Truck 9953 improves our ability to respond to fires and other emergencies. It has the longest ladder of any truck in the county at 101 feet, able to reach the top of an eight story building. Setting the truck up for rescue and/or ventilation operations takes a matter of minutes. It will help us better serve Rohnert Park and our neighboring cities. Funding for the truck came from the city’s casino Memorandum of Understanding with the Federated Indians of Graton Rancheria. 

The truck crew members have completed many hours of training to ensure we continue to provide our residents with the highest quality services. Fire crews have completed courses on using the truck for different types of rescues, firefighting, driver training and more. Training will continue over the next several years. 

Truck 9953 will be fully operational later this year or early next year. In the meantime, residents can see it up close at the Friday night Farmers Markets and we will soon have a formal unveiling. We are excited to add this truck to our firefighting fleet; it will help the department of public safety further achieve our goal of making Rohnert Park the safest city along Highway 101. 

Streetlight replacement project:  

The city is replacing most of the city’s streetlights with new state-of-the-art LED lights. LED streetlights use much less energy than traditional bulbs, last several years longer and emit a brighter and more vivid light, which will improve visibility for motorists and pedestrians. The LED Streetlight Replacement Project started in the northern parts of the city last month and will proceed south through the remaining sections. We expect to complete the project by the end of June.