Riverside County Sheriff's Department

  • Agency: Riverside County Sheriff's Department
  • Address: 4095 Lemon Street, Riverside, 92501 CA
  • Chief:
Phone: 951-955-2400

Riverside County Sheriff's Department is located at 4095 Lemon Street, Riverside, 92501 CA. The Riverside County Sheriff's Department phone number is 951-955-2400.

Riverside County Sheriff's Department News

Earlier this week, the Ben Clark Training Center presented a "wet lab" as a period of instruction in the 24-hour DUI Enforcement and Investigation Course. During this course students learned the driving behaviors common to impaired drivers, the objective symptoms impaired drivers display and the Standardized Field Sobriety Test used to assist them in determining if a driver is IMPAIRED FOR THE PURPOSES OF DRIVING. During the wet lab, adults (under supervision of experienced DUI investigators) obtain pre-determined blood/alcohol levels. They are then tested by the course students. This exercise offers students the opportunity to test and observe impaired subjects in a clinical setting. The current course includes 16 deputies from Sheriff’s stations throughout Riverside County. Each of the students have expressed a strong desire to learn these skills in an effort to keep the motoring public safe in Riverside County. #keepingriversidecountysafe #proudtobeRSO

On this day in 1777, our great country adopted the American Flag. #FlagDay

RSO Explorers Rock the 2018 Ex-Con Competition in Las Vegas. Seven RSO Explorer Posts traveled to Las Vegas this past weekend to compete at the Annual Las Vegas Explorer Convention (Excon). This year there were a total of 47 Explorer Posts from all over the United States who attended. Representing RSO were: Jurupa Valley Explorer Post #880 Lake Elsinore Explorer Post #881 Menifee Explorer Post #315 Palm Desert Explorer Post #507 Perris Explorer Post #552 San Jacinto Explorer Post #347 Thermal Station Post #503 Please join us in congratulating all of the RSO Explorers who competed and giving a special shoutout to the following posts who placed in the Top 5. Perris Explorer Post 552-1st Place in the “Officer Down Rescue” scenario, and 5th Place in the “Unknown Risk Traffic Stop” scenario. Thermal Explorer Post 503- 2nd Place in the “Officer not answering safety checks” scenario, and 5th place in the “Active Shooter at a High School” scenario. Jurupa Valley Explorer Post #880- 2nd Place in the “Unknown Risk Traffic Stop” scenario, and 4th Place in the “Suspicious Person” scenario, and 5th place in the “Crime Scene Investigation” scenario. San Jacinto Explorer Post #347-3rd Place in physical fitness. We are so proud of all of these young men and women who have all worked so hard. #ProudtobeRSO

Sheriff Stan Sniff Commends Pinyon Pines Murder Investigation Teamwork On June 7, 2018, following a three-week trial and ten days of deliberation, a jury found Robert Pape responsible for the murders of Jon Hayward, Vicki Friedli and Vicki’s daughter Becky Friedli. The jury verdict also held Cristin Smith responsible for Jon and Vicki’s murder. This verdict underscores the significant collaborative efforts in investigation by both the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department and the Riverside County District Attorney's Office to bring this tragic event to closure for the families and all others affected. On September 17, 2006, shortly before 10:00 PM, CAL FIRE responded to a fully engulfed residential structure fire in the 68000 block of Alpine Drive, Pinyon Pines. While battling the flames, firefighters discovered three severely burned bodies and signs of arson. The bodies were ultimately identified as Jon Hayward, Vicki Friedli, and Vicki’s daughter Becky Friedli. Investigators from the Hemet Sheriff’s Station and Central Homicide Unit responded to the scene and began what became a decade-long murder investigation with painstaking thoroughness of detail. Over the years, the case remained a high priority for both the Sheriff’s Department and the Riverside County District Attorney. Numerous personnel from various Sheriff’s Department units assisted in the search for justice, but most recently Central Homicide Unit Investigators James Dickey and Lester Harvey were assigned as the lead investigators. Thanks to the combined efforts of all those involved, 29-year-old Robert Lars Pape of Cathedral City, and 29-year-old Cristin Conrad Smith of Lacey, Washington, were arrested for Jon, Vicki and Becky’s murders. In the final stages of the case leading up to and during prosecution, Investigators Harvey and Dickey were partnered with DA Investigator Ryan Bodmer, Managing DDA Brandon Smith and Chief Assistant DA John Aki. Sentencing for Pape and Smith is currently calendared for August 10, 2018, in Riverside. Pape and Smith each face life in prison without the possibility of parole. Following the verdict, Becky’s father, Ron Friedli, stated, "I've waited 11 years and 9 months for this day and I'm very happy. I'm glad to see they were found guilty, and I think the whole Coachella Valley can sleep better now.” Sheriff Stan Sniff issued the following statement after meeting with his two investigators Monday, June 12th: “We would like to thank DA Mike Hestrin, Chief Assistant DA John Aki, Managing DDA Brandon Smith, DA Investigator Ryan Bodmer, Sheriff’s Investigators James Dickey and Lester Harvey, and all of our teams involved for their dedication in bringing this difficult and complex case to a conclusion and conviction.” #ProudtobeRSO

2 year old Caleb was so excited to meet a real life Deputy today. Thank you Investigator Munoz for making his day! #proudtobeRSO

Have you heard? The Menifee Police Department now has their own Facebook page! The city of Menifee is one of 17 cities who contract police services through RSO. Please visit their page to stay connected to whats going on in Menifee.

Assistant Sheriff Joseph Cleary represented Sheriff Stan Sniff this weekend at the Lake Elsinore Boy Scout Troop 824’s Eagle Scout Court of Honor to present certificates recognizing the significant achievement of three new Eagle Scouts – Jack Peterson, Ryan Turner and Thomas Peterson. The rank of Eagle Scout is the highest advancement rank in Boy Scouting. Since 1912 more than two million Boy Scouts have earned the Eagle Scout rank. These young men join a proud group of individuals that includes US Astronaut Neil Armstrong, former President of the United States Gerald Ford, and Steven Spielberg to name but a few. Also attending to recognize the efforts of the new eagles were Riverside County Supervisor Kevin Jeffries, Lake Elsinore Mayor Natasha Johnson, and representatives from the FBI and State Senator Stone’s office. Congratulations to Jack, Ryan and Thomas on their great achievement! #riversidesheriff

Congratulations to Sergeant Jessica Vanderhoof who graduated from Class 411 of the Sherman Block Supervisory Leadership Institute, an 8 month leadership program. Assistant Sheriff Kevin Vest and Lieutenant Dean Agnoletto were both present to congratulate Sergeant Vanderhoof on her achievement. #proudtobeRSO

Join us today as we congratulate our newest Deputy Sheriff, Victor Tung. Deputy Tung was sworn in this morning by Undersheriff Bill Di Yorio. Deputy Tung has been working for RSO as a Correctional Deputy since 2014 and has now joined our sworn ranks. Congratulations Deputy Tung. #ProudtobeRSO

Great photo captured of our RSO Aviation Unit working with our partners at California Highway Patrol to safely rescue a severely injured hiker two weeks ago. #teamwork #proudtobeRSO

RSO Jurupa Valley Station personnel participated in the #specialolympics Law Enforcement Torch Run. Ontario PD handed off the torch to us, we ran through Eastvale (approx 8.3 miles) and handed off to Corona PD at the Norco/Corona border. Way to go JVS! #proudtobeRSO


RSO welcomes 4 new dispatchers! Please join us as we welcome Sheriff’s 911 Communications Officers Justine Casper, Virginia Fowler, Madeline Guevara, and Lindsay Lambert. Our 4 newest dispatchers graduated yesterday, June 4th, from the Public Safety Answering Point (PSAP) Academy Class 182, held at the Ben Clark Training Center in Riverside. A special shoutout to Madeline Guevara who received the Dominic Durden Top Achievement Award with an overall academy score of 701.5 out of 720 which is a 97% overall. Congratulations PSAP Class #182 and we welcome you to our #RSOfamily! If you are interested in becoming a dispatcher, please visit: http://www.joinrsd.org/dispatch/

...and the promotions keep coming! Sheriff Stan Sniff promoted 6 new Sergeants this morning. Congratulations to newly promoted Sergeants David Greenwalt, Kamal Kabbara, Jeret McClellan, Chad Howard, Deirdre Ritter and Correctional Sergeant Paul Ferguson. #weareRSO

Congratulations to newly promoted Investigator Steven Barron. Investigator Barron was promoted earlier today by Sheriff Stan Sniff amongst family, friends and co-workers. #weareRSO

When it’s #nationaldonutday BUT you’re on a diet!

Please join us in welcoming our newest Deputy, Efren Lizardi, Jr. Deputy Lizardi was sworn in this afternoon by our Undersheriff Bill Di Yorio. Congrats Deputy Lizardi and welcome to our family! #weareRSO

Deputy Parsons paid a visit to some future leaders at Idyllwild School! As you can see, it was all business and no play. 😉 #weareRSO

UPDATE: Anthony Young Homicide Case On April 26th, we posted a video requesting your help in identifying the suspects in the murder of Anthony Young. Numerous tips were received and with your help we were able to identify a suspect in this case. On Monday, May 21st, RSO Central Homicide Unit detectives and detectives from the Hemet Police Department arrested Tyler Washington, a 21 year old male, at a residence in the 500 block of East Devonshire Avenue in the city of Hemet. Washington was booked into jail for the murder of Anthony Young. Suspect 2 is still outstanding. We are requesting your assistance with identifying this suspect. Anyone with information is encouraged to contact Master Investigator Dickey of the Central Homicide Unit at 951-955-2777 or after hours 951-776-1099 or to remain anonymous (800) 78-CRIME

Ladies and gentlemen, meet RSO’s newest Lieutenant, Robert Duckett. Lt. Duckett was promoted this afternoon by our Sheriff Stan Sniff, in front of a large crowd of family and friends. Congratulations Lt! #weareRSO

Tonight we will be honoring the 64 men and women who have lost their lives in the line of duty while protecting the citizens of Riverside County. Join us this evening at the Safe in His Arms Memorial Statue, located in front of the Riverside Police Department. There will be a Memorial Run beginning at 5:45 PM and the ceremony will begin immediately following the run. This is a multi-agency fallen officer remembrance ceremony, including a helicopter fly-over, flag folding and twenty-one gun salute. Please join us tonight as we pay tribute to our fallen heroes. #neverforget #fallenofficers #riversidesheriff

During the early morning hours of 05-20-18, United States Park Rangers assigned to the Joshua Tree National Park received a report of an overdue hiker who had set out on a hike alone during the morning hours of 05-19-18. Members of the Joshua Tree Search and Rescue were activated and the US Park Rangers requested the use of K9 Windy to assist in their search. K9 Windy was scented off the driver’s seat of the lost hiker’s vehicle where the hiker had set out on his hike 24 hours earlier. K9 Windy trailed through the rugged terrain of the National Park until it became too treacherous for her to continue. California Highway Patrol’s Aviation’s Unit (H-60) was summoned to the area and advised of K9 Windy’s actions. The aircrew of H-60 was able to fly ahead and successfully locate the lost hiker. The crew of H-60 was able to land and transport the lost hiker to safety. The hiker was treated at the scene and reunited with his family. It’s because of our great partnerships with our local agencies that our teams were able to work together to complete this rescue mission. Huge shoutout to H-60 for saving the day! #teamwork #k9Windy

K9 Hyde flying into the hearts of the staff at Flabob Airport in Jurupa Valley. Hyde had a great day with his JVS partner K9 DJango at the airport. #k9Hyde #k9Django #riversidesheriff

RSO Remembers Investigator William Carter, EOW: 05/20/69 On May 14, 1969, Investigator Carter and Sergeant William Rutledge were traveling from Blythe to Indio after working during the morning hours in Blythe. Both men apparently dozed off. The patrol unit they were traveling in smashed into the rear end of a truck and killed Sergeant Rutledge instantly. Investigator Carter died six days later. Investigator Carter was employed with the Riverside County Sheriff's Department for seven years. He was hired on on January 4, 1962 and was assigned to the Indio Station. Investigator Carter left behind a wife and three children. On this day we remember Investigator William Carter, and his service to the citizens of Riverside County will never be forgotten. #alwaysinourhearts #fallenofficer #riversidesheriff