Rick Hillman was sworn in as the City of Folsom Police Chief on April 23, 2018. In this role, he leads a full-service police department of 75 sworn officers and 27 professional staff, providing service to approximately 78,000 residents living in a 30 square mile city. Along with patrol and investigative divisions, the Folsom Police Department provides its own dispatch, records and front desk services, maintains a SWAT team, a motor unit, a mounted enforcement detail, K-9 officers, bicycle patrol, school resource officers, and is supported by a robust volunteer program (CAPS-Citizens Assisting Public Safety). The Folsom Police Department works diligently to secure its low crime rate while delivering excellent customer service.
Chief Hillman began his career with the Folsom Police Department in 1995 after serving as a police officer with the Placerville Police Department. Hired as an officer, he worked his way through the ranks and held assignments including work in both Patrol and Investigations. As an officer, Rick was assigned to the K9 Unit but also held ancillary assignments in SWAT and field training. His supervisory positions included patrol, investigations, professional standards and internal affairs. In 2008, Rick received recognition as Supervisor of the Year and was also awarded a unit citation for his work with the K-9 team. As a Commander, he led the Operations Bureau. This Bureau represents all uniformed personnel including Patrol, Traffic, Commercial Enforcement, K-9 Unit, Mounted Enforcement Detail, Animal Services, School Resource Officers and the Community Crime Suppression Unit. In 2016, he received a lifesaving award for performing CPR on a drowning victim.
Chief Hillman holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Criminal Justice Management from the Union Institute and University. He has acquired intermediate, advanced, supervisory and management certificates from the California Commission on Peace Officers Standards and Training. He is a graduate of the Sherman Block Supervisory Leadership Institute (class 235) and a member of the International Association of Chiefs of Police, California Association of Tactical Officers, Central Sierra Police Chief’s Association and California Police Chiefs’ Association.