Good Cop, Good Cop

By Ashley Downton  |  2017-11-08

From Internship to Retirement: A 27-Year Law Enforcement Career

Rancho Cordova, CA (MPG) - Rancho Cordova Police Officer Scott McCartney was the first officer hired at RCPD after the City incorporated. Now after a 27-year career in law enforcement with many roles and responsibilities and awards and accolades, McCartney has retired to pursue a different form of public safety.

It all began when McCartney was attending college at Oregon State University. An internship at Benton County Sheriff’s Office showed him the life of a police officer. That experience, and having an uncle who served as a CHP Motor Officer, made McCartney want to pursue a career in law enforcement upon graduation.

When he graduated, McCartney moved to Sacramento. While he was staying at a motel deciding on next steps, an informal meet and greet with two Sacramento County Sheriff’s Department deputies at a fast food restaurant guided him towards the Training Academy. Then, he became acquainted with a fellow gym-goer, who happened to be a Sacramento County Sheriff’s Department Sergeant. McCartney credits Sergeant Larry Saunders with helping him go through and successfully graduate from the Academy. And the rest is history.

McCartney’s first job was with the Auburn Police Department. He won Officer of the Year, had the most DUI arrests, and ultimately discovered his passion for traffic enforcement.

“I definitely loved it and had a knack for it. Talking to people was easy for me,” said McCartney.

McCartney was then hired by the Roseville Police Department where he served on patrol, as a School Resource Officer, and on the SWAT team. He also served as a motor officer for five years and discovered it was his favorite part of traffic enforcement.

McCartney’s passion and skill as a motor officer led to him being hired by the Sacramento County Sheriff’s Department in 2001. In this role, he helped develop a motor program for the Elk Grove Police Department, which involved training officers in DUI and accident investigation about how to ride motorcycles.

This experience led to him being asked to help start RCPD as the City of Rancho Cordova was incorporating. He helped write policies and procedures, secure grants, and even get commercial trucks, motorcycles, and other vehicles. Once RCPD formed, McCartney was the first officer hired, and he was able to select the first motor officers to serve our community.

At RCPD, McCartney served in the traffic unit, patrol and Problem Oriented Policing (POP) Unit. He also helped develop the first traffic plan for the California Capital Airshow, and served as the Airshow’s Traffic Chief and Public Safety Director. McCartney was recognized as the first Officer of the Month, received a Key to the City for his work for the Airshow, and received a Silver Star for his heroic act of rescuing three citizens caught in a house fire.

“One of my greatest accomplishments was working for RCPD because of all the things I got to help build and the people I got to work with,” McCartney said. “It was the highlight of my career in the sense that the people I worked with, the citizens and the staff were so into the City and appreciated what we brought to the table as far as law enforcement.”

In the last 10 years, one of McCartney’s special assignments was to the California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services, Homeland Security Division where he served as Program Director for the California Large Stadium Initiative. His role was to assist all college and pro sports in protecting mass gathering events and coordinate active shooter trainings. His role earned him teaching gigs across the country in sports incident management.

“One of my other greatest accomplishments was in the Governor’s Office when I was asked to testify in front of the U.S. Homeland Security Committee on what California was doing with its Large Stadium Initiative,” said McCartney. “California was the only state doing it, and I was the only guy doing it. They wanted to see how they could do it in other states.

When he heard about a new position open for Director of Team Security for the San Antonio Spurs in July 2017, he jumped at the opportunity to apply. Now McCartney is settling into his new role, using his sports incident management skills, and celebrating a 27-year career in law enforcement.

The Rancho Cordova Police Department congratulates Scott McCartney on his retirement and thanks him for his service to the Rancho Cordova community!

This week, the Rancho Cordova Police Department launched The Dispatch, a monthly e-newsletter to keep you updated on the latest news, upcoming events, crime prevention tips, stories about officers like this one, and more. Sign up by visiting www.RanchoCordovaPD.com.

Ashley Downton is Communications Specialist with the City of Rancho Cordova

Rancho Cordova, CA (MPG) - At 6:02 p.m. on October 6, 2017, the Sacramento County Sheriff’s Department Communication Center began receiving 911 calls regarding a male being struck by a vehicle near the intersection of Mather Field Road and International Drive in the City of Rancho Cordova.  Additional callers indicated the victim was crossing the street in his wheelchair, travelling across Mather Field Road.

Officers from the Rancho Cordova Police Department immediately responded to the scene. Upon arrival, officers located the victim and found he had sustained major injuries.  Officers immediately began life saving measures in an attempt to aid the victim.

Personnel from the Sacramento Metro Fire Department arrived on-scene and pronounced the victim deceased.  At this time, the victim has been identified as a male in his 60’s from Rancho Cordova.

The driver of the vehicle that struck the victim remained at the scene and is cooperating with investigators.  Investigators are in the process of conducting the accident investigation and interviewing witnesses in an attempt to determine what caused the collision.  At this time it appears the victim was travelling within the crosswalk.

The identity of the victim in this case will be made available by the Sacramento County Coroner’s office, after notification has been made to his next of kin.

 

Sacramento County Sheriff’s Department/

Rancho Cordova Police Department

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Senate Unanimously Approves Berryhill Bill to Help Fight Deadly Forest Fires

Source: The Office of Senator Berryhill  |  2017-06-07

Sen. Tom Berryhill, R-Twain Harte

A bill to help Tuolumne County with the emergency removal of dead trees cleared the Senate unanimously on Wednesday.

“This bill will save lives,” said Sen. Tom Berryhill, R-Twain Harte, the bill’s author. “I look forward to working with members of the Assembly and the governor on this important issue.”

If made into law, SB-265 would increase the amount of state aid to Tuolumne County from 75 percent of emergency removal costs to 90 percent.

There are more than 102 million dead trees in California, many of which are in Tuolumne and the surrounding counties. Other counties are watching SB-265 and considering taking the actions necessary to qualify.

Drought, bark beetle, and other stresses have led to massive tree die-offs in California’s forests. The tree mortality crisis worsens wildfire risk across whole regions of the state and presents life safety risks from falling trees in many forested communities. On October 30th, 2015 Governor Brown declared a state of emergency due to the tree mortality crisis.

Senator Berryhill represents Rancho Cordova and the counties of Amador, Calaveras, Inyo, Mariposa, Mono, Stanislaus, Tuolumne and parts of Fresno, Madera, Sacramento and Tulare.

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Captain Shawn Condit Named Firefighter Employee of the Year

Sac Metro Fire Special Release, By Deputy Chief Eric Bridge  |  2017-04-20

(L to R) Mark Creffield, executive director of the Citrus Heights Chamber of Commerce, Captain Shawn Condit and Deputy Chief Eric Bridge

Captain Shawn Condit began his fire service career with American River Fire Department on August 4, 1990. In 2000, American River Fire District and Sacramento County Fire Protection District merged to become the Sacramento Metropolitan Fire District, also known as Metro Fire. Shawn is the Truck Captain at Fire Station 109 where he oversees a truck crew of three firefighters. Station 109 is located in the Carmichael community and is unique in that this is where the Hazardous Materials unit is housed. Captain Condit coordinates the Hazardous Materials program for our department.

Throughout his career, Captain Condit has demonstrated leadership on multiple levels. Aside from being an excellent company officer, he has been a leader in the Hazardous Materials Program. His tenure in the program provides the stability needed while offering training opportunities for his crew. Captain Condit and his crew willingly take on new employees and are often called upon by the training cadre to work with academies and probationary employees. When these new individuals spend time with his crew, they are provided with a positive experience and given information that will hopefully move them down the road through the process. In addition to all his regular responsibilities at the station, Captain Condit must maintain his Hazardous Materials certification, putting added responsibility upon himself.

In addition to his hard work at Metro Fire, Captain Condit serves as a Metro Director with the Sacramento Area Firefighters Local 522 union. This is an elected position by his peers. Shawn has held a position within the Union for over 10 years. He is an acknowledged leader within the union, and over the last 10 years he has moved up the ranks, starting out as a shift representative and eventually moving into the elected position he currently holds. He continues to do an outstanding job of representing the union members of our organization.

As Metro Director, Captain Condit represents the membership in many different ways. During our last contract negotiation, Captain Condit demonstrated calm, consistent leadership during the negotiation and confirmation process, acting as the facilitator for these meetings. He allowed for spirited but respectful debate. During these meetings, he is often involved in matters that are sensitive in nature and does not violate confidence. It is this trustworthiness that makes him an excellent Union officer and, by extension, Company Officer.

As a Union leader he takes a positive role in a needed position. Often times, employees are referred to him by management. His ability to listen fully to their problems and then calmly and positively advise them on a course of action tends to benefit both the department and the member. He acts in the best traditions of Union leadership and through this process, the matter is often resolved at the lowest level.

To be a leader, particularly as a firefighter, your work ethic must be self-evident. Since an outstanding work ethic is common at Metro Fire it is difficult to point out where one employee’s efforts are better than another, however in the case of Captain Condit he stands out each and every day. Many excellent company officers come to work and do their assignments and perform admirably, but taking a leadership position in the Union and Haz Mat program shows that Captain Shawn Condit is willing to give of himself to this department and its members. He is well respected within the Department, the Union and his crew.

Fire Chief Todd Harms was honored to name Captain Shawn Condit as Metro Fire’s 2016 Suppression Employee of the Year.

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Fire Camp Lets Kids Be Firefighters for a Week

Sac Metro Fire Special Release  |  2017-04-06

To attend Fire Camp, applicants must be 11, 12 or 13 years of age, with preference given to those living within Metro Fire’s boundaries.

Metro Fire recently opened the application period for Fire Camp, a day camp that takes place from July 11-14, 2017.  Fire Camp provides local children a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to experience today’s fire service, first hand.  The program is designed to instill self-confidence, teamwork, teach life safety skills and provide a basic understanding of the firefighting profession, in a fun and exciting atmosphere.

Campers are grouped in “strike teams” of eight campers, and each strike team is mentored by two Metro Firefighters. Campers learn valuable life safety skills, while discovering what it means to be a firefighter.

To attend Fire Camp, applicants must be 11, 12 or 13 years of age, with preference given to those living within Metro Fire’s boundaries.  Applications are processed in the order in which they are received, so apply early for a better chance of securing a spot. Deadline to apply is June 5, 2017.

For applications and more information, visit our website: www.metrofire.ca.gov.

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Senator Gaines Introduces Fire Tax Repeal

From the Office of Ted Gaines  |  2017-03-09

Senator Ted Gaines (R-El Dorado)

In his continued efforts to fight against the illegal fire tax, Senator Ted Gaines (R-El Dorado) announced on March 2nd  Senate Bill 9, a measure to repeal the tax.

‘This fire tax is illegal and unfair – plain and simple,” said Senator Gaines. “Many rural property owners already pay local fire agencies for protection so it is clearly double-taxation and it is being dumped on the backs of rural Californians when parts of my district still have a more than 10-percent unemployment rate and families are struggling to make ends meet.”

Senate Bill 9 would reverse the annual $152.33 “fee” for fire prevention services charged to rural property owners located in “State Responsibility Areas” (SRA) designated by the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (CAL FIRE), even though their property taxes already contribute to the service contracts that counties have with CAL FIRE.

The fire tax is imposed on more than 800,000 properties in the state that are within the boundaries of SRA. According to census and CAL FIRE data, Senator Gaines’ largely rural district includes roughly 20-percent or approximately 160,000 of the properties whose owners are subject to the fee.

Senator Gaines contends that the fire tax attempts to sidestep Proposition 26, the initiative passed in 2010 that prevents the Legislature from disguising taxes as “fees” and circumventing constitutional requirements for passing higher taxes. He has been a leading critic of the tax and has introduced numerous pieces of legislation in previous years that attempted to provide relief for rural Californians. Senator Gaines also strongly supports the lawsuit filed against the state by the Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association challenging the fee on constitutional grounds.

“I have fought this illegal tax at every turn and I encourage everyone who is stuck paying this phony fee to get in the arena and fight it too,” said Senator Gaines. “The answer to fire protection in California is not illegal taxes, but budgets that invest in core government services that protect every citizen in the state – rural, urban and suburban.”

Senator Ted Gaines represents the 1st Senate District, which includes all or parts of Alpine, El Dorado, Lassen, Modoc, Nevada, Placer, Plumas, Sacramento, Shasta, Sierra and Siskiyou counties.

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Wrong Way Driver Kills Oncoming Driver and Self

California Highway Patrol Special Report  |  2017-02-09

On February 7, 2017, at 9:55 p.m. the CHP received a call of a wrong way driver going westbound in the eastbound lane of I-80 at Watt Ave. The driver was a female driving a dark Ford Mustang. CHP officers immediately began responding to the wrong way driver in an attempt to prevent a head on collision from happening. Shortly thereafter the Ford sideswiped a Chevrolet Impala near Raley Blvd. and continued going the wrong way on I-80.

As the Ford approached Northgate Blvd in the #1 lane it struck head on with a white Dodge Challenger driven by a male. The collision killed both drivers upon impact. A toxicology report is being taken by the Sacramento County Coroner to determine if alcohol and/or drugs were a factor in this collision.

The eastbound lanes of I-80 were closed for a little over 2 hours due to extraction and investigation and all traffic was diverted off to Northgate Blvd.

Any additional information about this news release should be directed to Officer Chad Hertzell who will be available at the CHP North Sacramento Area business phone number: (916) 348-2317, Monday through Friday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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