A Look Inside The Folsom Police Department Our Stance

The Folsom Police Department takes pride in serving our community. For many of us, Folsom is not just where we work; it is home.

For decades, the Folsom Police Department has embraced and maintained a culture of community-oriented policing, training, community engagement, and accountability. 

Our stance is simple: It is our duty to serve and our honor to protect. 

But recent conversations have delved into daily police operations, so it is important that you know where we stand on the issues. 


 Our Stance


We invest heavily in training.  We are continually striving to improve our de-escalation methods, expand our implicit bias training, and broaden our crisis intervention techniques, incorporating them into our ongoing training and everyday work style.


We have a duty to intercede and the objective to avoid injury.  In 2019, less than a fraction of 1% of calls resulted in a use of force by a Folsom police officer.  We have clear standards on when force can be used, and a comprehensive review process for incidents when force has been used.


The law permits a Police Officer to use reasonable force to effect an arrest, to prevent escape, or to overcome resistance.  Our policy further states that the application of any pain compliance technique shall be discontinued once the officer determines that compliance has been achieved.


We have never had quotas.  They are banned in our department and the State of California.


The Folsom Police Chief reports directly to the non-political, non-partisan City Manager.  Matters of employee discipline, including the Police Department’s disciplinary review board, are managed by the Human Resources Director and the City Attorney’s Office; both entities are completely independent of the Police Department.

 “The Folsom Police Department is staffed with amazing people who care about the community and come to work each day to provide the best law enforcement services possible.  I am committed to providing our personnel with great training, modern equipment,  and excellent supervision to make sure they continue to meet the community’s expectations for policing in Folsom.”    - Rick Hillman, Chief of Police


 Our Mission

Serve with Purpose; 

Relentlessly Pursue Criminal Behavior; 

Proactively Foster Positive Relationships

 Our Vision

To be a premier law enforcement agency by investing in our community and ourselves through progressive outreach programs, training opportunities and technological advances.

 Our Values

  • Courage
  • Integrity
  • Esprit de Corps
  • Professionalism
  • Accountability
  • Compassion
  • Safety
  • Justice


The Folsom Police Department provided an update on our policies to the Folsom City Council on July 28, 2020

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The status quo is never good enough. We know that we must continue to elevate our profession to ensure we are serving our community to the highest standards. 

We welcome you to learn more, connect, and share your thoughts.


Serve with Purpose: Our Statistics

A Few Quick Facts:

  • Uniformed Officers: 79
  • Non-sworn Employees: 30
    (Dispatchers, Records, Administrative Staff
  •  5 “Beat” Areas
    Each Shift typically has one officer per beat, plus a supervisor

Calls for service: 2019 - 2020 (to date)

   Jan Feb  Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sept Oct Nov Dec
2019  3306 3032 3717 3553 3620 3853 3959 4237 3881 4206 3765 3501
2020  3702 3847 3142 2638 3507 3542            


Types of Use of Force

  • Of the more than 44,000 calls for service in 2019, approximately .1% resulted in officers having use force.
  • Decisions to use force are based on the situation, its escalation, and supervisor approval.
  • There were zero instances of use of the carotid hold or use of a firearm.
Control Hold Take Downs WRAP Restraint Electronic Control Device Personal Body Weapon K-9 Projectile
 26.4% 28.3%   17%  9.4%  7.5% 3.8%  1.9% 


Folsom Police Department Statistics

Proactively Fostering Positive Relationships: See Some of Our Community Programs


Book and a Badge   Department Tours   Red Ribbon Week
Building Bridges CrossFit   Explorers   Ride Along Program
Camera Registration   H.E.L.P. (Help Every Lost Person)   Safety Fairs
CAPS Christmas Toy Drive   National Night Out   Santa Sleigh
Citizen's Academy    Neighborhood Watch
  School Resource Officers
Citizens Assisting Public Safety (CAPS)   Open House
  Teen Driving Program
Community Crime Prevention  Workshops   Project Lifesaver


Ways to Become Involved with Folsom Police Department


Follow Us on Social Media

Nixle Emergency Alerts

Volunteer with Folsom Police Department 

Become a Neighborhood Watch Block Captain

Become a Citizens Assisting Public Safety (CAPS) Volunteer


Take a Tour  
Please note: These programs are currently unavailable due to COVID-19.

Join a Citizen's Academy


The annual Citizen's Academy takes place from January to March each year and allows residents to get an in-depth look at the Folsom Police and Fire Departments. 






Upcoming Events with Folsom Police Department

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