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.

 Captain Andrew Karol’s law enforcement career includes over twenty years of law enforcement experience with the City of Rialto, and as a Desert Storm Veteran, he spent five years active duty and three years reserves with the United States Marine Corps. Captain Karol served overseas with the 12th Marines, and was a member of the (SRT) Special Reaction Team.

Captain Karol is a graduate of the Sheriff Sherman Block Supervisory Leadership Institute (SLI), Class #217. Captain Karol is also a graduate of the Police Executive Research Forum, Senior Management Institute for Police (SMIP), Class #63. Captain Karol holds a Bachelor's Degree and his State of California teaching credentials from California State University Long Beach. Captain Karol also holds a Master's degree in Public Administration from California State University Northridge.

Captain Karol has held a number of different assignments at the Department, to include: Patrol, Professional Standards, Field Training Officer (FTO), FTO Coordinator, Gang and Narcotics Investigator, SWAT team entry member, and SWAT Sniper team leader. Captain Karol has testified as an expert in gangs and narcotics and is a member of the International Association of Chiefs of Police, California Police Chiefs Association, the Police Executive Research Forum, California Gang Investigators Association, California Peace Officers' Association, and the National Tactical Officers Association.

Captain Karol is currently assigned as the Operation’s Bureau Captain, which includes Patrol, IVS SWAT, Area Command, Traffic Division, K-9s, Animal Control, Dispatch, and School Resource Officer Program.

Captain Karol can be reached at 909-820-2526 or via email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.