RCPD Introduces New Problem Oriented Policing Officer

RANCHO CORDOVA, CA (MPG)  |  By Ashley Downton, City of Rancho Cordova
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New POP Officer William Winton attended and graduated from the Sacramento County Sheriff’s Department Academy in 2006. He worked for the Department for the next 10 years in the Main Jail and Patrol.

RANCHO CORDOVA, CA (MPG) - The Rancho Cordova Police Department is proud to introduce you to our new Problem Oriented Policing (POP) Officer William Winton! Officer Winton serves residents in the Anatolia, Cordova Meadows, Kavala Ranch, Lincoln Village, Somerset Ranch and Sunridge Park Neighborhoods.

When he was 18 years old, Officer Winton remembers working at Best Buy and watching the planes hit the Twin Towers live on the jumbotron. His entire family had served in the U.S. Navy, and this crucial moment made him want to do his part to serve our country.

Officer Winton enlisted in the U.S. Army and joined the infantry assigned to the Fort Campbell, Kentucky 101st Airborne Division. He deployed to Iraq in 2003 and served during Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom. He was honorably discharged in 2005.

He wanted to continue giving back either by serving in the fire department or law enforcement. He was working at Mervyn’s in Rancho Cordova in the Loss Prevention Department, and RCPD partnered with his team to detain individuals for shoplifting. An officer encouraged him to follow the path to join the Sacramento County Sheriff’s Department, and Officer Winton did just that.

Officer Winton attended and graduated from the Sacramento County Sheriff’s Department Academy in 2006. He worked for the Department for the next 10 years in the Main Jail and Patrol. Officer Winton enjoys teaching and is also a Firearms Instructor mostly for the Academy for the last four years, in addition to serving as a training officer at the Rio Cosumnes Correctional Center.

In July 2016, Officer Winton joined RCPD as a Patrol Officer. He was familiar with our community due to his time working at Mervyn’s and on patrol training in Rancho Cordova.

“I wanted to come back to and serve the Rancho Cordova community,” said Officer Winton. “There are also additional opportunities at the Rancho Cordova Police Department to grow your experience as an officer in a variety of areas, such as in driving under the influence and traffic enforcement, which you can’t find at other departments.”

In 2017, Officer Winton joined the Problem Oriented Policing (POP) team. He enjoys building relationships with residents through community events and supporting residents by assisting with neighborhood concerns.

“I want to continue making the Rancho Cordova community a safer and better place for our residents to live,” said Officer Winton. “I also want to partner with Neighborhood Watch groups and homeowners associations to create new programs and foster an even greater sense of community in Rancho Cordova neighborhoods.”

Come meet Officer Winton at the next Neighborhood Watch Meeting. Visit www.RanchoCordovaPD.com for a map to easily identify and contact your POP officer and neighborhood officer. Simply enter your address, and the officer information will pop up.