Citrus Heights Police Chief Christopher Boyd highlighted details from a study on body cameras last week.

Citrus Heights police chief: body cameras ‘likely,’ but too early

Body-worn cameras on police officers could likely become a future reality in Citrus Heights, Police Chief Christopher Boyd told somewhat-wary city council members in a presentation last week that summarized pros and cons his department had identified in a council-requested study on the issue.

“I do think this is likely in our future,” the police chief said regarding body cameras, indicating it’s the direction law enforcement is moving toward. “I think there’s a lot of good reasons to have the technology, but I think there’s a lot that needs to evolve in the technology itself.”

Citing general benefits found during his department’s study, Chief Boyd told council members various agencies have reported improved accountability, performance and police behavior after introducing body-worn cameras…

by · August 19, 2015 · City Hall, Police
A head-on collision behind Raley's Tuesday night sent one man to jail and several people to the hospital, police said.

Head-on collision behind Citrus Heights Raley’s ends in arrest

A head-on vehicle collision on a residential side street behind Raley’s Tuesday night sent several people to the hospital and one man to jail on felony DUI and reckless driving charges, according to a police sergeant on scene.

Sgt. Eric Dias said witness reports indicate the truck was driving recklessly and at “heavy speeds” while traveling south on Zenith Drive around 8:15 p.m., with the vehicle colliding head-on with a PT Cruiser after trying to pass another car in the opposite lane of traffic.

Both vehicles sustained significant damage and Dias said the two occupants of the PT Cruiser were transported to a local hospital with unknown injuries, although he did not believe them to be life-threatening. He said the driver of the truck refused medical treatment, but was later sent to the hospital prior to being booked in jail…

by · August 19, 2015 · Police
Citrus Heights police officers investigating on-scene, after a pedestrian was fatally struck on Sunrise Boulevard, Sunday morning.

Pedestrian killed in vehicle collision Sunday; PD closes lanes

Updated Aug. 17, 6:14 p.m.–
Citrus Heights police closed down several lanes at a busy Sunrise Boulevard intersection Sunday morning after a 28-year-old pedestrian was struck and killed by a vehicle while attempting to cross the street.

Traffic Sgt. Dave Gutierrez said the fatal collision occurred around 5:13 a.m. at the intersection of Sunrise Boulevard and Old Auburn Road, with an investigation revealing the pedestrian was hit while crossing in a crosswalk — but during a “don’t walk” signal.

According to a police news release, officers responding to the scene attempted lifesaving efforts on the pedestrian, but the man was determined to have been killed upon impact by Metro Fire personnel on scene.

by · August 17, 2015 · Police
Stock photo, Citrus Heights Sentinel.

Citrus Heights residents report hearing ‘bomb’ explosions

Numerous Citrus Heights residents reported hearing multiple explosion noises coming from the area near Citrus Heights Elementary on Tuesday morning and Wednesday night this week, with sounds reportedly being heard as far away as Interstate 80 and Antelope Road.

“I thought it was an explosion of some kind,” resident Dean Pryne said, adding that the bomb-like noise sounded like it came from directly in front of his house. “It wasn’t a firework.”

Pryne said he heard a first explosion around 3 a.m. Tuesday, after being awoken by a blast strong enough to shake his house on Raintree Drive. He said a second explosion was heard Wednesday around 10 p.m…

by · August 6, 2015 · Community, Police
Residents in the Greenback Wood neighborhood gather for an outdoor ice cream social and parade for National Night Out.

Parade, parties highlight National Night Out in Citrus Heights

Updated August 5, 11:30 p.m.–
At least 13 different neighborhood groups held various outdoor social events around Citrus Heights Tuesday night, as part of National Night Out – an annual event focused on preventing crime by knowing and looking out for your neighbor.

“It was wonderful out here tonight,” said Greenback Wood Neighborhood Watch leader Susan Jenkins, who noticed a rise in participation this year. “It’s so important for people to come out and meet the neighbors they haven’t met before… it’s so important for crime prevention.”

Jenkins’ neighborhood celebration included free ice cream from a sponsor and a small parade led by a half-dozen Citrus Heights police vehicles and a Metro Fire ladder truck in the rear…

by · August 5, 2015 · Community, Police
Police, residents in the Greenback Woods neighborhood discuss crime prevention during the 2014 National Night Out.

Citrus Heights residents, police prep for National Night Out

Updated Aug 3, 5:21 p.m.–
Police and neighborhood groups across Citrus Heights are once again preparing for participation in the August 4th National Night Out, as part of a country-wide effort to prevent crime by connecting neighbors and building local partnerships between communities and police.

Called the “nation’s night out against crime,” Sgt. Michael Wells with the Citrus Heights Police Department said the evening is one where residents “are encouraged to join with their neighbors to have a neighborhood block party, ice cream social or other outdoor event to build neighborhood spirit and unity.”

The police sergeant said building strong neighborhoods is the “first defense against crime,” stating research shows crime goes down when neighbors know and look out for each other…

by · July 29, 2015 · Community, Police
Citrus Heights Police Sgt. David Gutierrez navigates through a myriad of cones set up in the Sunrise Mall parking lot, Saturday.

Police motorcycle competition draws crowds to Citrus Heights

Police said about 2,000 people and 27 motorcycle officers from as far as Nevada attended the third annual Citrus Heights Traffic Safety Day and Police Motorcycle Competition in the Sunrise Mall parking lot, Saturday.

Citrus Heights police took home several awards throughout the day, with Officer Kristopher Frey earning an award for first place on his Harley Davidson motorcycle and Sgt. David Gutierrez narrowly outperforming a Fresno PD rider to take first place in a BMW “Division B Class” competition.

Other competition events included a “Money Ball Challenge,” where riders had to play basketball while on their motorcycles, and a final competition involving nearly all 27 officers called “Last Man Standing…

by · July 26, 2015 · Community, Police
Police officers compete in last year's motorcycle competition at Sunrise Mall.

July 25: Citrus Heights Police to host motorcycle competition, safety fair

Police officers from across the western states plan to show off their motorcycle skills in the Sunrise Mall parking lot, as Citrus Heights Police host the 2015 Traffic Safety Day and Police Motorcycle Competition on July 25.

The free Saturday event is scheduled from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and will feature a safety-cone competition course for officers to navigate through in various timed challenges, as well as a bike safety skills rodeo and bounce house for kids, vendor booths, and various demonstrations throughout the day.

Last year, the annual event drew about 2,000 people and raised over $2600 for charity, according to Officer Anthony Boehle. It also left the Citrus Heights Police Department (CHPD) with six awards earned by several competing officers…

by · July 17, 2015 · Community, Police
Citrus Heights Police Sgt. Eric Dias stands next to a new 2015 Ford Interceptor SUV.

Citrus Heights police roll out new 2015 patrol SUVs

Citrus Heights police are rolling out a fleet of new 2015 patrol SUVs and will be auctioning off their 2006 patrol cars in favor of what officers say is a better-handling, faster, safer, and more “roomy” vehicle.

Although Citrus Heights residents have been seeing police SUVs in use around town since the end of 2013, Police Sgt. Eric Dias said the department had only purchased a limited number initially and had them retrofitted for K-9 or sergeant use only. He said the first patrol units hit the streets in June this year, with more to follow in the next few months.

Through a discounted rate, the SUVs cost about $28,200 for the base unit, with an additional $4,800 for additional equipment through Ford like a backup camera and blind-spot notification sensors. Dias said an additional $12,500 is put into the vehicle to install items like computers, radios and lights, bringing the total price to about $45,500…

by · June 29, 2015 · Police
Citrus Heights police responded to an officer-involved shooting at a Greenback Lane apartment complex, Monday.

Citrus Heights police: man fatally shot after firing at officers

Citrus Heights police said four officers responding to a domestic violence incident at a Greenback Lane apartment complex shot and killed a 35-year-old man Monday night, after the suspect allegedly fired at officers.

Although “countless officers” responded to the scene from multiple agencies, Citrus Heights Police Lt. Ryan Kinnan said the shooting involved four officers firing their guns at the man. Those officers will be placed on administrative leave — a standard department procedure for officer-involved shootings, according to Kinnan.

The shooting occurred at an apartment complex located near San Juan Avenue on the 7500 block of Greenback Lane…

by · June 22, 2015 · Police