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The Area Commander Program is responsible for those areas which directly influence the quality of life for the residents and businesses in Rialto. In addition to enforcing the laws of our society, the Police Department believes it is equally important to maintain and develop positive relationships with all members of the community. The Area Commander Program is one of many innovative examples of the Rialto Police Department's "Commitment to Community."

The Rialto Police Department’s Area Commander Program is working to provide a safe and secure environment for the community. The utilization of proactive community based policing concepts, problem solving principles, technology, and effective crime fighting strategies are just part of the programs overall plan.

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.

We also encourage you to use the technology related resources found on the Department's website to include; Coplogic (Online Reporting), OffenderWatch (Offender Tracking), (Community Crime Stats), Nixle (Community Notification), and tip411 (Text Tips).

To receive emergency alerts and up to the minute weather warnings, please go to the Nixle page and register now! Also, check out our virtual Neighborhood Watch Program - NEXTDOOR.  

Last year, in order to increase efficiency and attendance, the department combined its meetings: areas one and two were combined into one meeting, and areas three and four were combined into one meeting. This year, in order to increase accountability, accommodate a few staffing changes, and clear up any confusion relating to oversight, we have renamed the areas: Area Command North and South. We will still keep the same patrol beats 1-4. 


- Lieutenant Kathy Thompson is assigned as the North Area Commander responsible for Patrol Beats #1 and #2


- Chris DeHesa is the Code Enforcement Officer for patrol beat #1

  • West of Lilac Avenue / North of Foothill Blvd


- Teresa Hodge is the Code Enforcement Officer for patrol beat #2

  • East of Lilac Avenue / North of Foothill Blvd



- Lieutenant Jim Kurkoske is assigned as the South Area Commander responsible for Patrol Beats #3 and #4


- Helen Shepherd is the Code Enforcement Officer for patrol beat #3

  • West of Lilac Avenue / South of Foothill Blvd


- Juan Virgen is the Code Enforcement Officer for patrol beat #4

  • East of Lilac Avenue / South of Foothill Blvd


Area Command Liaison Officer

The Area Command Liaison coordinates the meetings between the Lieutenants and the community leaders which are held quarterly. The Area Command Liaison serves as the primary contact point for community inquiries and provides information regarding Municipal Codes, Laws and Police involvement. The Liaison also provides a vital partnership with Code Enforcement that assists the Police Department with resources to solve community problems; with the goal to reduce the calls for service and improve the quality of life.


If you need more information please contact Area Command Liaison Officer Dave Hernandez at 909-820-2673 or email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


The Area Community Meetings for 2015 are posted on the main page of the PD website.