October 24, 2020
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City of RP Updates

Darrin Jenkins
Have you completed your census?
September 25, 2020

The 2020 Census will conclude data collection operations on September 30, 2020. As of September 13, 2020, the Census Bureau reports that in Rohnert Park 74.5 percent households have self-responded online, by mail, or by phone. Have you completed your census?

The results of the 2020 Census will help determine how hundreds of billions of dollars in federal funding flow into communities --like ours-- every year for the next decade. That funding shapes many different aspects of every community, no matter the size, no matter the location.

Census representatives are visiting every household that has not already responded to make sure they are counted. If you haven’t responded to the 2020 Census yet, it’s not too late. You can still respond online, by phone, or by mail. If a census taker comes to your home, please participate. Your community needs your response.

The deadline to respond is September 30. But don’t wait—you can respond now online at, by phone at 844-330-2020, or by mail if you received a paper questionnaire. You can respond in English, Spanish and 11 other languages online or by phone.

In other funding news, I’m proud to report that the City’s Department of Public Safety was recently awarded a $50,000 grant to fight alcohol-related crime. Chief Tim Mattos announced that the grant from the California Alcoholic Beverage Control (ABC) is a joint program with the City of Cotati and Sonoma State University. 

The grant strengthens local law enforcement efforts by combining the efforts of local police officers and ABC agents. ABC agents have expertise in alcoholic beverage laws and can help communities reduce alcohol-related problems.

The Alcohol Policing Partnership Program was created in 1995 to enhance partnerships between ABC and local law enforcement agencies. The program is designed to put bad operators out of business, keep alcohol away from minors and enforce penalties such as fines, suspensions or revocations against businesses that violate the law.

Amongst those that protect citizens by preventing crime, enforcing laws, apprehending suspects, and monitoring traffic, include our female officers. Our Public Safety department recently recognized National Policewoman’s Day. I would like to acknowledge our 10 female police officers and one in the academy. Rohnert Park Department of Public Safety currently has the highest ratio of female to male staff in both sworn police and fire in Sonoma County.

Our female officers are proud to serve our community and department in the ranks of patrol officer, firefighter, engineer, detective, school resource officer, acting shift supervisor and field training officer.