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November 17, 2018
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City of RP Updates

Darrin Jenkins
Residents can help deter crimes
November 2, 2018

We recently completed upgrading and reopening all of the restrooms in city parks. Unfortunately, we had to temporarily close the Alicia Park restroom due to vandalism, even though we’ve added modern security systems and video cameras on the exterior.

Reporting problems such as vandalism is where you, the residents of Rohnert Park, can help deter crime and make our city a safer place to live, work and play. For starters, if you see suspicious activity, contact Public Safety directly at 584-2612.

We also welcome volunteers to serve as Police Service Aides (PSAs) to help with parking enforcement, traffic control, securing crime scenes, graffiti abatement and more. Sergeant Nicks and the Public Safety team invite you to find out more about the PSA volunteer program by calling 584-2600. Lastly, if you have security cameras around your home or business, you could help solve a crime. Increasingly, security cameras have captured images that have proven critical in closing an investigation. To participate in the On-Watch Surveillance Program, call the Investigations Unit at 584-2630.

“Ruff” job at Public Safety

The newest crime fighting member of the Public Safety family is our K9 named O’Rion. O’Rion joins us from Southern California and is a year and half old Belgian Malinois. Officer Ben Fernandez has been assigned as O’Rion’s handler. They are in training at a basic K9 Handler school. They will then attend drug school, where O’Rion will be trained to sniff out drugs such as methamphetamines, heroin and cocaine. O’Rion will help reduce the need for officers to use force and will help to apprehend violent, resistive suspects who might otherwise escape and/or hurt other Public Safety Officers or civilians. 

Officer Fernandez grew up with dogs and has worked closely with other K9 handlers and their dogs. He is excited about the opportunity to work with O’Rion as a K9 Handler, noting that this “has always been a dream of mine and has since come true.”

Once the extensive training is complete, expect to see O’Rion and Ben at community events, schools and on patrol.

Street sweeping changes

We are making adjustments so that the street sweeping day follows the day of garbage pick- up. Recology’s new route might impact your street sweep day. Effective Mon., Nov. 5 the following streets and sweep days will be changed: Seed Farm Dr. is changing from Mon. to Thurs.; Golf Course Dr. (1000-1031) is changing from Wed. to Fri.; Country Club Dr./Golf Course – Fairway is changing from Wed. to Thurs.; Cristobol Rd. is changing from Thurs. to Tues.; Beverly Dr./Bonnie Ave. – E. Cotati Ave. is changing from Thurs. to Tues.; Adrian Ave./Southwest Blvd. – College View Dr. is changing from Fri. to Tues.; Boris St./Southwest Blvd. – Santa Barbara Dr. is changing from Fri. to Tues. If you need help figuring out your sweep day, contact Recology at 1-800-243-0291.

The city thanks its residents and business owners in advance for their patience during this transition period.

Veterans Day at the Senior Center

Join us in honoring veterans and active duty military at Rohnert Park’s Veterans Day celebration. The event will take place Sun., Nov. 11 at the Rohnert Park Community Center, 5401 Snyder Lane from 2 p.m. - 3 p.m. Mayor Pam Stafford will be the Master of Ceremonies. The event will feature the Avenue of the Flags, a presentation of colors by Rancho Cotate’s Color Guard, performances by the Rohnert Park Vintage Choir and Rohnert Park Community Band and a flag retirement ceremony put on by the Girl Scouts.