Community engagement programs at the City of Rio Rancho are geared toward educating citizens about how programs and services provided by their city government function. The goals of community engagement in Rio Rancho are to inspire citizens to become more involved in the community and to become more involved in government; to encourage the development of collaboration and partnership between citizens; and to transform residents into more engaged citizens, which will ultimately build a community that is more informed about local government and more invested in local issues.
It's easy to support and get involved in local government!
Take part in a Community Engagement program
The City offers ongoing programs and trainings that seek to get citizens more involved in the community.
- Citizens' Academy: This 8-week program is offered every Fall and educates citizens about every department within the City of Rio Rancho and encourages citizens to participate in and learn about local government as much as possible.
- Citizens' Police Academy: This 11-week program is offered every Spring and offers citizens a greater understanding of all the services and programs within the Rio Rancho Police Department.
- Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) Training: These classes are offered every year and and train citizens on disaster preparedness, fire safety, disaster medical operations, and disaster psychology.
Other Community Engagement programs
Know what's on a ballot and vote. When you vote, you have a direct impact on what decisions are made for the benefit of the community. Remember, decisions made at the municipal government level affect you on a daily basis.
Stay engaged with issues concerning you and your community by going to a City Council meeting or by watching meetings online.
City boards and commissions range from Arts to Libraries to Planning and Zoning. Find something you are interested in and apply to be on a board or commission.
When you spend money in Rio Rancho, your money stays in Rio Rancho and goes toward supporting City services like libraries, parks, public safety, and roads.
Download the City's non-emergency reporting system to your mobile device and report issues around the city such as potholes, graffiti, water leaks, illegal dumping, etc.