Sheriff's Captain Jim Cooper met with three dozen people at an ice cream social Saturday afternoon to talk about the issues in his run to become sheriff. He spoke and fielded questions for about 45 minutes at the Rancho Murieta Association Building, emphasizing the need for patrols in this part of the county and two-person units on later shifts. He said the department needs to restore the Problem-Oriented Policing (POP) officers, who know the community and local problems, and he supported public-private partnerships and service centers staffed by volunteers. He referred to his experience in 26 years with the sheriff's department and as a member of the Elk Grove City Council. This meeting was initially rejected by the RMA, which said political meetings aren't allowed. Cooper's opponent, sheriff’s Captain Scott Jones, will meet the community at the RMA Building 1-3 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 17. Sheriff John McGinness will introduce Jones.