Police Activities League
Citrus Heights Police Activities League is a nonprofit organization focused on creating positive relationships between the youth in our community and the officers in our police department. PAL hosts several events for children throughout the year including field trips to local attractions, educational experiences, and fun activities. In the summer, we host a day-camp which allows youth to make special memories with our first responders while having incredible fun such as river-rafting, horse-back riding, navigating a ropes course, learning a sport, or splashing in the pool.
Communities have learned that having a local PAL helps kids make better choices to stay out of trouble and reduces juvenile crime while fostering better relations with local law enforcement. As a non-profit organization, PAL greatly depends on our supporters to help us achieve our mission. Our successful programs have proven time and time again that dedicated community policing by our Citrus Heights Police Department in conjunction with their local PAL program is an effective solution that provides a huge positive influence in our communities and makes a difference in the lives of our youth.
Police Explorer Program
The Explorer program is for young men and women between the ages of 14 and 20 years old who have an interest in law enforcement. They participate in formal training with CHPD officers twice a month. Explorers also volunteer at police and community events such as DUI checkpoints and CHPAL events. To qualify students must maintain a "C" average or greater in all school work from High School and College. They cannot have any arrests or convictions and will go through a background check.
Public Safety Pathway Program
The Public Safety Pathway program is founded at Mesa Verde High School as part of Career & Technical Education within the San Juan Unified School District. It is an introduction to Public Safety and Law for students expressing an interest in working in the honorable Criminal Justice field. Students receive knowledge, skills, and experience to aid them in a future career.
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THE Y.F.S. TEAM
Lt. Frey supervises Youth & Family Services, and General/Special Investigations. Before Investigations, Lt. Frey supervised and was a highly skilled member of the elite Motor Unit. He serves as SWAT Commander, using his tactical experience to ensure school safety. Lt. Frey also coordinates Peer Support for the entire department.
Sgt. Schaefer heads the Youth & Family Services team. She has been with CHPD since 2006 having previously worked in the Monterey County area. She has specialized in child and family violence for over 15 years and helped found the department’s award-winning Domestic Violence Response Team.
JUVENILE DETECTIVE BATTAGLIA
Juvenile Detective Battaglia leads the investigations on youth-related crimes and missing persons. She serves on the Police Activities Board and as a Coach. Detective Battaglia is also a senior member of the Honor Guard and head mentor for the Police Explorer Honor Guard.
Officer Hancock worked in a local school district before her career in law enforcement. She handles incidents at the City’s elementary, middle, and high schools. Officer Hancock also trains Police Explorers and the Pathways Program Interns. She also helps plan activities for the Police Activities League.
Youth Services Officer Soriano has been with CHPD since 2015. She is in charge of the grant-funded program S.T.A.K.E. which stands for Stop Tobacco Access to Kids Enforcement. This program focuses on helping elementary and high school aged children make smart choices when it comes to vaping and smoking tobacco. Officer Soriano also helps coordinate the Police Explorer program. You can see Officer Soriano around town driving the S.T.A.K.E. truck funded by the Department of Public Health.
Youth Services Officer Greenlee started his law enforcement career with CHPD as a Reserve Officer and was soon hired full time. He is the school and safety liaison for all Citrus Heights schools north of Auburn Boulevard, including Mesa Verde High School. Officer Greenlee helps to run the Public Safety Pathways Program, teaching high school students about all aspects of law enforcement.
Serving as PAL Coordinator since 2019, Cheyenne loves to finding positive and fun ways for CHPD members and our community’s youth to interact. Cheyenne is also a proud graduate of California State University, Sacramento and believes in encouraging high school students to pursue advanced education.