Divisions

The goal of the Crime Free Multi-Housing Program is to reduce the blight, crime, narcotics sales, and narcotics use within the multi-housing communities within the City of Rialto. The Crime Free Multi-Housing Program will reduce blight, crime and provide a safer living environment for the managers, landlords and tenants that live within the multi-housing communities.

The benefits of the Crime Free Multi-Housing Program include: A stable, more satisfied tenant base. Increased demands for rental units with a reputation for active management, lower maintenance and repair costs, increased property values, improved personal safety for tenants, landlords and managers. The Crime Free Multi-Housing Program will also work with the Area Commander Program and the Area Commanders.

The Crime Free Multi-Housing Program will also work with other city and county agencies, such as the San Bernardino County Crime Free Multi-Housing Program along with the City of Rialto Redevelopment, Building and Safety, Code Enforcement, Fire Department and Fire Marshall.

The Patrol Division is under the direction of the Lieutenant Jim Kurkoske and Lieutenant Robert Smith.

The Patrol Division is divided into six patrol teams; with the patrol officers working a combination 3-12 / 4-10 schedule. The Patrol Division is comprised of the officers assigned to uniformed patrol which are the first to respond to calls for assistance in the community. This would include the Traffic Unit, K-9 Teams, and Reserve Officers. The Patrol Division operates 365 days a year, twenty-four hours a day. Response times and calls for service are not only a concern to the department, but to the community as well.

The Rialto Police Department understands the importance of response times and will be aggressively re-evaluating staffing, call types, and other factors that affect this. As the City’s population increases, freeways are completed, and residential properties increase in numbers, so does the department’s obligation to provide services. Staff is committed to stay in front of this issue and evaluate both internal and external factors that impact the ability of the department to effectively police its community. To function effectively, the Rialto Police Department recognizes that it must have the trust and confidence of the community. Therefore, the organization’s commitment to the principles of community policing will remain unwavering.

The Rialto Police Department subscribes to the concepts of "evidence-based policing." "Evidence-based policing" is the use of the best available research on the outcomes of police work to implement guidelines and evaluate agencies, units, and officers. It suggests that just doing research is not enough and that proactive efforts are required to push accumulated research evidence into practice through national and community guidelines. These guidelines can then focus in-house evaluations on what works best across agencies, units, victims, and officers.

If you have any questions regarding patrol operations, please contact Captain Andrew Karol at 909-820-2526 or by email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

Lieutenant Dean Hardin’s law enforcement career includes over 17 years as a police officer with the City of Rialto and four years active military service with the United States Marine Corps, serving in the Infantry. Lieutenant Hardin is a Gulf War Veteran and a graduate of the Sherman Block Supervisory Leadership Institute, Class #227. Lieutenant Hardin holds a Master's Degree in Organizational Leadership from Chapman University and a Bachelor's Degree in Business Management from University of Phoenix. Lieutenant Hardin is an adjunct instructor for Everest College, teaching subjects such as: Criminal Evidence, Policing in America, Criminology, and Terrorism.

Lieutenant Hardin has held a variety of assignments, to include: Patrol Officer, Gang and Narcotics Investigator, Detective, and Internal Affairs. As the Street Crime Attack Team (SCAT) Supervisor, he coordinated the City’s first two gang injunctions. Lieutenant Hardin is a court recognized gangs and narcotics expert and is a member of the California Narcotics Officer Association and the California Gang Investigator’s Association.

Lieutenant Hardin is the Support Services Lieutenant and can be reached at  909-820-2634 or via email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Lieutenant Kathy Thompson has been a police officer for more than 29 years. She is a graduate of the 83rd Session of the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Academy and started her career with the Rialto Police Department as Reserve Police Officer in 1985. She was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant in 2001.

Lieutenant Thompson has served as a Patrol Officer, Helicopter Observer, Field Training Officer, Detective, Patrol Sergeant, Detective Sergeant, Investigations Division Lieutenant, Administrative Services Lieutenant, and Patrol Watch Commander. She is recognized as an expert in sexual assault investigations and was awarded the California Sexual Assault Investigators Association’s Annual Achievement Award for Excellence in Investigations.

Lieutenant Thompson has a Master of Arts in Organizational Management; a Bachelor of Science in Business Management; and an Associate of Arts in Communications. She holds the POST Management Certificate and she is a graduate of the POST Executive Leadership Command College, Class 50. Lieutenant Thompson is a member of the National Association of Women Law Enforcement Executives.

Lieutenant Thompson is the North Area Commander which covers patrol beats 1 and 2. Lieutenant Thompson can be reached at (909) 820-2560 or via email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

Chief Randy DeAnda has been a police officer for 31 years; 25 years of which have been with the Rialto Police Department.

Chief De Anda possesses a Bachelors Degree in Workforce Education and Development and he is a graduate of the Peace Officer Standards and Training Executive Leadership Command College and the Police Executive Research Forum (PERF) Senior Management Institute for Police. He is a member of the California Police Chief’s Association and the San Bernardino County Police Chief’s Association.

Chief De Anda has held assignments to include; Police Captain, Police Lieutenant, Police Sergeant, Police Corporal, Field Training Officer, Gang Detective, Narcotics Investigator, Street Crime Attack Team Officer (SCAT), Department SWAT team member and Department Press Information Officer. While working the SCAT team he was involved in several undercover narcotic sting operations, gang and parole sweeps, search warrants, and other high profile cases involving career criminals. He has testified as an expert in gangs and narcotics and is a member of California Gang Investigators' Association and the California Narcotics Officers' Association.

Chief De Anda has provided leadership and supervision over the Area Command Program and has been involved in several Area Command Projects. These projects include: the first City of Rialto gang injunction, the beautification of Citrus Grove housing complex and other multi-housing developments, nuisance abatements involving Scores Bar, Oakwood Lounge, El Patio Night Club, and medical marijuana dispensaries. Chief De Anda is also involved in many other community events such as Neighborhood Watch, National Night Out, faith-based organizations, and business organizations.

He can be reached at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or (909) 820-2647.