SACRAMENTO (Feb. 4, 2016) – Republic Services of Sacramento is teaming up with the police departments of Citrus Heights, Elk Grove, Rancho Cordova, and Sacramento, as well as the Sacramento County sheriff’s department on a new community watch program. The program involves training Republic collection drivers in the metropolitan Sacramento area to identify and report suspicious activity, as well as response protocols when someone is in need of assistance.
“We take our role as a community partner very seriously,” said Mike Caprio, area president of Republic Services. “We are dedicated to being a good neighbor in the communities in which we live and work. This includes investing in programs that make safety a top priority, and doing what we can to protect our employees and customers.”
Republic collection drivers, dispatch operators and team supervisors have been trained in recent weeks by local law enforcement to observe and report any suspicious activity, traffic accidents or other emergency situations. In the event that Republic personnel identify suspicious behavior, they will utilize their existing two-way radio communications systems to alert dispatch of any unusual circumstances. Republic dispatch personnel will then communicate with the appropriate authorities.
“If you see something unusual, we’re asking you to make a call,” said Andrew Bornhoeft, crime prevention officer with the Elk Grove police department, during the training. “As experienced drivers, you have an idea when something is out of place.”
“We’re excited to partner with Republic Services. It’s a valuable, additional resource for us,” said Jose De La Cruz, deputy, and youth services officer/PAL director with the Rancho Cordova police department. “These drivers work and live in our communities, and are actively working to make our communities a safer place.”
Republic Services of Sacramento employs 184 people who are proud to serve more than 92,000 residential and 11,000 commercial customers throughout the metropolitan area.
About Republic Services
Republic Services, Inc. (NYSE: RSG) is an industry leader in U.S. recycling and non-hazardous solid waste. Through its subsidiaries, Republic’s collection companies, recycling centers, transfer stations and landfills focus on providing effective solutions to make proper waste disposal effortless for their commercial, industrial, municipal, residential and oilfield customers. We’ll handle it from here.TM, the brand’s tagline, lets customers know they can count on Republic to provide a superior experience while fostering a sustainable Blue PlanetTM for future generations to enjoy a cleaner, safer and healthier world.
Jennifer Mitchell Eldridge