Folsom police open doors to community

By: Don Chaddock, Managing Editor
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More than 400 walked through the doors of the Folsom Police Department Saturday, many bringing words of thanks.

Folsom Police Chief Cynthia Renaud, the city’s first female chief, greeted visitors during the department’s annual open house and was one of many police officials on hand to explain the behind-the-scenes goings on at the city’s law enforcement offices.

“A lot of families and kids have come through today,” Renaud said. “A lot of people are coming through and looking.”

Asked if there was a common question or complaint, Renaud said people were generally happy.

“We’re getting a lot of compliments rather than questions,” she said. “We get a lot of ‘thank yous.’”

A couple of students from a local high school meandered through the crowd with Apple iPads in hand, eager to get people registered for Nixle.

“We’re getting people signed up on Nixle and Facebook,” Renaud said. “It’s a powerful way to connect with our residents instantaneously.”

Sgt. Chris Emery, in charge of the department’s Professional Standards Training and Media Relations, pointed out some of the historic bulletins and posters on the walls.

“We’ve got some historical items around the office for people to see,” he said. “A lot of these were donated by former Police Chief Hal Barker, like old wanted posters.”

Julian Miller, 6, hopped inside a police car at the urging of Sgt. Jason Browning.

“It OK,” Browning said. “Climb on in. This is what today is all about.”

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