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Canine Teams (K9) PDF Print E-mail
The Rialto Police Department K9 Unit is made up of four K9 teams. The K9 units are deployed to conduct area, perimeter, open fields and building searches. The police K9’s allow officers perform their duties in a safe manner, by alerting on the areas where suspects have hidden themselves in order to avoid capture and arrest. K9 teams are also trained to detect drugs and narcotics.

The use of the police K9’s save the citizens of Rialto over 1200 manpower hours annually. The Rialto Police K9’s also conduct several demonstrations throughout the year to meet and greet the public. A majority of these requests for K9 demonstrations are from schools and children’s groups.

If you have any questions or need additional information regarding the Rialto Police Department K9 Unit, please email Sergeant Josh Lindsay at  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it


Officer Glen Anderson and Gilley

In 1997, Officer Glen Anderson joined the Rialto Police Department. In 1999, he was selected as a K-9 handler with his first K-9 Tyson, a cross-trained German Shepherd and Belgian Malinois mix. In 2000 Officer Anderson was selected to join the Rialto Police SWAT team and served as an entry team member, sniper, and team leader. In October 2004 K-9 Tyson retired at the age of 12 ½ years, Rialto's longest working K-9.

In October 2008, Officer Anderson rejoined the K-9 team with his new partner Gilley, a Belgian Malinois from the Czech Republic. As of December 2012, Gilley has located over $1.2 million dollars in U.S. currency, 28 lbs of Meth, 19 lbs of Marijuana, 123 lbs of Cocaine and 8 lbs of Heroin.

In 2012, Officer Anderson transitioned to the Inland Valley SWAT team and currently serves as the primary SWAT K-9 handler as well as an entry team member. Officer Anderson is a California POST certified K-9 evaluator, previously served on the board of directors for the Inland Empire Police K-9 Association and is currently a regional director for the National Police Canine Association.


Officer Justin Breen and Kimo

Officer Breen has been a Police Officer with the City of Rialto since 2006. Officer Breen is a U.S. Army Veteran and served in Iraq in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. Officer Breen grew up in the City of Rialto and is a proud Eisenhower High School graduate.

Kimo is a male German Shepherd and Belgian Malinois mix. Kimo was born in the Czech Republic in September of 2007, where he was trained as a puppy in the sport of Schutzhund. He was trained in the basics of tracking, obedience, and protection by his Czech breeders for sport, before being selected for Police work and imported to the United States. Kimo was purchased by a citizen’s support group, Friends of Rialto Police K-9’s, Inc.

K-9 Kimo and Officer Justin Breen have been partners since July of 2009. Kimo and Officer Breen are trained in Patrol work and narcotics detection. Kimo has helped apprehend numerous criminals, many of whom give up peacefully because he is on-scene. Kimo has also located large amounts of illegal narcotics as well as several firearms used against Police Officers. Kimo’s commands are a mix of Czech and English and he enjoys his time off by taking a swim or chewing on his favorite toy. Kimo has won numerous awards, including 1st place protection during the 2012 Riverside County Sheriff’s Department K-9 Trials.


Officer Joseph Maltese and Smoky

Officer Maltese has been at the Rialto Police Department since January 2001.  During this time, he has been assigned to the Patrol Division and is currently assigned to the Canine Unit. Officer Maltese holds a Master’s Degree in Business Administration from the University of Redlands.  He is also a California POST certified canine evaluator and has certified canine teams in the southern California region.  Officer Maltese is also a member of the California Narcotics Canine Association.

Smoky is a 75-lb. Belgian Malinois.  He was born in Holland on December 5, 2005 and was imported into the United States in June 2008.

Officer Maltese and Smoky have been a team since June 2008.  Some of Smoky’s duties are apprehending felony suspects, searching for articles, and sniffing for drugs.  He is trained to detect marijuana, cocaine, methamphetamine, and heroin.  Officer Maltese and Smoky have been involved in narcotics investigations which lead to thousands of dollars of U.S. currency and hundreds of pounds of narcotics recovered and seized.


Officer Michael Mastaler and Jango

 

 

Michael Mastaler has been with the police department since 2007. He has worked patrol, gangs, narcotics, and is a member of the Inland Valley SWAT team as an operator. Michael Mastaler was selected to be a K9 handler in January of 2014. Jango is a 6 year old Belgium Malinois and was born and trained in Holland. Jango's commands are in Dutch

 
Regionalized SWAT Team PDF Print E-mail

 

On July 1, 2012 the cities of Rialto, Colton, and Fontana joined forces and created the Inland Valley SWAT Team. A 45-man tactical and negotiating team highly trained in specialized tactics and complex negotiations. This regionalization came about due to a greater need to do more with less and still allowing for specialized police officers to respond to major incidents within the region. It definitely benefits all of the cities involved in that there is a huge cost savings and manpower benefit which is especially important during these tough economic times.

The Inland Valley SWAT Team is comprised of five color coded teams (Red Team, Green Team, Silver Team, Black Team, and Gold Team) that handle different tasks during a call out based on their color code designation. Each tactical unit rotates being on-call every fourth week and must have a minimal response time to a call out thus assuring a prompt response during an emergency. IVS team members train twice a month and respond 24-hours a day to any type of incident that patrol officers are not equipped to handle.

The Inland Valley SWAT Team also has 4 fully trained paramedics and a tactical surgeon that can handle any medical emergency encountered during a tactical situation. Since December 2012, IVS has been called out several times resolving each incident successfully and with no injury to citizens or suspects. For more information regarding IVS please contact

Lt. Andrew Karol at (909) 820-2526 or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

 

 
Crime Free Multi-Housing PDF Print E-mail

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.

 
Patrol Division PDF Print E-mail

 

The Patrol Division is under the direction of the Area Command Lieutenant Kathy Thompson.

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 Randy DeAnda at 909-820-2647 or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

 

 
Lieutenant Kathy Thompson PDF Print E-mail

Lieutenant Kathy Thompson has been a police officer for more than 28 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 Police officer, Field Training Officer, Detective, Patrol Sergeant, Detective Sergeant, Investigations Division Lieutenant, Administrative Services Lieutenant, and Patrol Watch Commander. She has become 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 is a graduate of the POST Executive Leadership Command College, Class 50. Additionally, Lieutenant Thompson is a member of the National Association of Women Law Enforcement Executives.

Lt. Thompson is assigned to the Patrol Division as a Watch Commander and as the Area 2 Commander. She can be reached at (909) 820-2560, or via email at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

 
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