Riverside Police Department

  • Agency: Riverside Police Department
  • Address: 4102 Orange St, Riverside, 92501 CA
  • Chief: Russ Leach (Chief of Police)
Phone: (951)826-5700
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Riverside Police Department is located at 4102 Orange St, Riverside, 92501 CA. The Chief of Police of the department is Russ Leach. The Riverside Police Department phone number is (951)826-5700.

Riverside Police Department News

WOMEN'S FLAG FOOTBALL Are you interested in watching some of law enforcement's best women battle it out on the football field to help raise money for some great charitable causes... and for bragging rights? Then purchase your ticket now and come on out to Riverside Community College Wheelock Field on Saturday, January 27, 2018, to watch the Los Angeles Police Department go up against the Riverside Police Department in a flag football game at 10:00 a.m. Stick around after for a match-up between the San Bernardino Police & Sheriff team versus the California Department of Corrections at 12:00 p.m., followed by the Riverside County Sheriffs versus the Santa Ana Police Department at 2:00 p.m. All funds raised will go to each respective agency's local charitable foundations. The Riverside Police Department team will be donating their portions raised to the Riverside Youth Judo Club. Only $10 for pre-sale tickets, or $12 at the gate. Tickets include entrance to all three games along with a hot dog and drink. To purchase your pre-sale tickets, see the flyer for contact information.

OFFICERS SAFELY RESOLVE BARRICADED SITUATION Late last night around 11:50 p.m. on Tuesday, January 16, 2018, officers responded to the 4500 block of Tomlinson Avenue for a call of a violent and distraught subject who was armed with a knife and locked inside a bathroom. Officers and supervision arrived and began planning how to safely resolve this situation. The Riverside Fire Department and American Medical Response paramedics were staged nearby as a plan was formed utilizing different resources, including less than lethal options and on-duty Emergency Negotiators (ENT). An ENT officer responded and started talking with the distraught woman. After a few minutes of negotiating, the female disarmed herself and opened the bathroom door. Officers were then able to safely take her into custody. She was treated at the scene by paramedics then taken to a local hospital for evaluation and treatment.

OFFICERS SAFELY RESOLVED BARRICADED SITUATION Late last night around 11:50 p.m. on Tuesday, January 16, 2018, officers responded to the 4500 block of Tomlinson Avenue for a call of a violent and distraught subject who was armed with a knife and locked inside a bathroom. Officers and supervision arrived and began planning how to safely resolve this situation. The Riverside Fire Department and American Medical Response paramedics were staged nearby as a plan was formed utilizing different resources, including less than lethal options and on-duty Emergency Negotiators (ENT). An ENT officer responded and started talking with the distraught woman. After a few minutes of negotiating, the female disarmed herself and opened the bathroom door. Officers were then able to safely take her into custody. She was treated at the scene by paramedics then taken to a local hospital for evaluation and treatment.

NEW POLICE EXPLORER ORIENTATION REMINDER The Riverside Police Explorers Post 714 are having orientation for new members on January 17, 2018, at 5:00 p.m. at our Magnolia Station (10540 Magnolia Avenue).

IN MEMORIAM OF FALLEN RIVERSIDE POLICE DETECTIVE CHARLES "DOUG" JACOBS III Today will be 17 years since Doug was murdered in the line of duty on January 13, 2001. He is missed and will never be forgotten. Even though his family, friends, loved ones, and colleagues have moved forward in life, you never really “move on," do you? When you love someone, you carry a part of them with you forever. His wife Tammy was blessed to be his partner and friend, his daughter Rachel was blessed to be held in his arms, his stepson Nicholas was blessed to have such a positive father-figure role model, his parents Charles and Cathy were blessed to see their boy grow into a man, his brother Raymond and sister Tara were blessed to be able to count on him, his friends were blessed to trust and rely on him, his RPD family were blessed to say they worked with him and he had their back, and those who he never met are now blessed to know his legacy. DETECTIVE CHARLES "DOUG" JACOBS III End of Watch: January 13, 2001 Please keep Doug’s family and loved ones in your thoughts and prayers, as well as all our Fallen Heroes who are no longer with us. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SmSObBB-pZI&sns=fb

CALLS OF SUSPICIOUS VEHICLE LEADS TO MAIL THEFT ARRESTS Early this morning around 2:40 a.m. on Friday, January 12, 2018, officers responded to the area of Tiger Trail Drive and Whitegate Avenue, regarding a suspicious vehicle driving around this Alessandro Heights neighborhood. This vehicle would stop frequently with the passenger would getting out and checking the door handles to other cars and houses. When officers arrived and began searching the area, they located the suspect vehicle in the area of Cactus Avenue and Dauchy Avenue. As an officer was getting ready to make an enforcement stop on this vehicle, the occupants started throwing mail out of the windows. Assisting officers responded to assist and the occupants were detained. During a search of their vehicle, officers located stolen mail belonging to multiple victims who resided in the nearby neighborhood. A records check of the driver revealed he was on probation for stolen property and the passenger was on parole for assault with a deadly weapon. Ramon Pedraza, 30-years-old of Perris, was arrested for mail theft, probation violations, and vehicle code violations. Angela Mercado, 25-years-old of Long Beach, was arrested for mail theft and parole violations. Both were later booked into jail. If not for our community members calling in this suspicious activity in their neighborhood, these two suspects may have been able to commit more crimes in this area. It does not appear the suspects came across any unlocked cars or houses, so great job to those neighbors for keeping your homes and vehicles secure at night.

TRAFFIC ALERT - Van Buren Blvd. from Citrus Heights Rd. to King Ave. Due to a multi-vehicle traffic collision just outside the city limits at Van Buren Boulevard and Mockingbird Canyon Drive, Van Buren Boulevard between Citrus Heights Road and King Avenue, in both directions, is backed up with heavy delays. If possible, use alternate routes and avoid this area.

PUBLIC'S ASSISTANCE NEEDED TO IDENTIFY SUSPECT WHO STOLE ELDERLY VICTIM'S PURSE On Thursday, December 14, 2017, at approximately 1:25 p.m., the pictured suspect exited the Stater Bros., located at 4680 La Sierra Avenue, after stealing an elderly person's purse. A 75-year-old female victim was distracted by a 2nd female at the time, although it is unknown if this 2nd female was involved with the theft. This is when the pictured suspect was able to take the purse without being seen by the victim. These images are from surveillance video and clearly show the suspect entering the grocery store without a purse and then leaving with the victim’s purse around her shoulder. The purse contained the victim’s iPhone and other belongings. The victim went home, and with the help of a relative, located her phone at a residence where it was signalling from using the “Find my Phone” app feature. This residence was located near La Sierra Avenue and Nebraska Avenue, within the La Sierra neighborhood of Riverside. The victim saw the female suspect leave the location, but unfortunately before RPD officers arrived, the iPhone was no longer providing its location. The Riverside Police Department is seeking the public's help in identifying this suspect before she victimizes more elderly. If you recognize the suspect, please DIRECTLY CONTACT Detective G. Anderson at (951) 353-7115 or ganders@riversideca.gov. Those wishing to remain anonymous can utilize the Riverside Police Department's mobile app "Submit a Tip" feature while referencing incident number P17230842.

SUSPECT ARRESTED FOR IDENTITY THEFT Yesterday morning on Wednesday, January 10, 2018, at about 9:46 a.m., officers responded to the 4900 block of La Sierra Avenue regarding a female subject using a fraudulent check to purchase merchandise. The reporting party gave the officers a description of the female subject and the vehicle she was last seen driving. The officers located the car a short distance away on Magnolia Avenue. A records check of the vehicle's license plate showed it was stolen. The owner of the car responded and identified the female as the person who purchased the car with a check, which was later discovered to be fraudulent as well. During a search of the vehicle, numerous items related to mail and identity theft were located and the suspect was taken into custody. The suspect was identified as Olga Diaz, 39-years-old of Riverside. Diaz was arrested and booked into jail for being in possession of stolen property, identity theft, and the making of fraudulent checks.

LAW ENFORCEMENT APPRECIATION DAY 2018 Today is Law Enforcement Appreciation Day all across this country, but we would like to say "Thank You" to the awesome men and women of the Riverside Police Department, and all our partner law enforcement agencies. We would also like to give a big "THANK YOU" to the great folks at Chick-fil-A in the Canyon Springs shopping center for food they brought to our police stations as their appreciation for us. RPD had a delicious "Code-7" today. Thanks everyone!

TRAFFIC STOP NEAR GALLERIA MALL LEADS TO FIREARM ARREST Yesterday evening on Monday, January 8, 2018, at about 6:42 p.m., an officer assigned to the Galleria at Tyler shopping mall made a traffic stop on a car for vehicle code violations in the area of Magnolia Avenue and Hughes Alley. The officer contacted the occupants and learned the driver did not have a driver's license and was on felony probation for illegal possession of a firearm. Further investigation revealed two other occupants were also on probation and there was a loaded handgun inside the car. The officer detained all the occupants and determined the driver to be the one in possession of the handgun. Yonatan Ortiz, 21-years-old of Riverside, was arrested and booked into jail for being a felon in possession of a firearm and other weapons violations. The other occupants of the car were identified and released.

BOLO... BOLO... Be On the Look Out! There is something unfamiliar to us that is approaching very quickly. It’s not scary, it won’t hurt, but many seem to act different around it. Be on the look out for... RAIN. If you encounter this thing called “rain,” don’t be afraid. If you’re driving, turning on your headlights and wipers will help tame it. Blinkers are like it’s kryptonite, so use them often. Going slower will help you get through it easier, and giving yourself extra time to travel around in it will be even better. “Rain” hates this. If the “rain” sees you on your phone while driving in it, it pours down more on you. Doing these little things makes this “rain” move toward other cities where the drivers might not be as proactive. Let’s all be safe and watch out for each other to combat this “rain!”

FATAL TRAFFIC COLLISION On Monday, January 8, 2018, at approximately 4:50 a.m. Riverside Police and Fire responded to a report of a single vehicle traffic collision on Market Street at Second Street, in the city of Riverside. Officers determined a 2000 Honda Civic, which was being driven by an 18-year-old Riverside resident, was south on Market St. when, for unknown reasons, the vehicle left the roadway and impacted a tree near Second St. Emergency services personnel pronounced the vehicle’s 17-year-old passenger deceased at the scene. It does appear alcohol and/or drugs were a factor in this collision. Officers from the Riverside Police Department's Major Accident Investigation Team (M.A.I.T.) were called to the scene and are currently investigating. The name of the decedent will be released by the Riverside County Coroner’s Office pending their investigation and notification of next of kin. Anyone with information regarding this collision is urged to call Riverside Police Traffic Detective F. Soria at (951) 826-8723.

MAN ARRESTED FOR UNLAWFUL SEX WITH A MINOR On Tuesday, December 19, 2017, Detectives from the Riverside Police Department’s Sexual Assault and Child Abuse Unit began an investigation into a male suspect who was alleged to have committed several criminal acts of sexual intercourse with a minor within Riverside’s Arlington neighborhood. This suspect would utilize different social media applications and offer the female victim gifts in exchange for sexual acts. He would also take videos and photographs of the victim while the crimes occurred at his residence in the 3400 block of Wilbur Street. During the investigation, Detectives learned the San Bernardino Police Department was looking into the same suspect for similar crimes occurring in their jurisdiction at a paralegal business he owned. Dennis Shea, 39-years-old of Riverside, was arrested by Detectives yesterday on Wednesday, January 3, 2018, and booked into the Robert Presley Detention Center for unlawful sex with a minor, sodomy of a minor under the age of 18, and lewd acts with a minor. Due to the methods the suspect used to contact his victims using social media, it is believed there could be others who have not yet come forward. The Riverside Police Department is asking anyone with information about this investigation or the suspect to contact Detective Charlie Olivas at (951) 353-7136 or colivas@riversideca.gov.

RIVERSIDE POLICE DEPARTMENT NOW RECRUITING FOR CITIZEN ACADEMY The Riverside Police Department is now accepting applications for the Spring Session Citizen Academy. The Spring Session begins on Thursday, February 15, 2018, from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m., and continues weekly until April 19, 2018. Recruitment will remain open through January 31, 2018. The Citizen Academy provides the public with a basic insight into how police personnel operate and perform their daily duties. All sessions are in a classroom setting and no physical training will take place. Sessions will be held at the Riverside Police Department Magnolia Station Community Room, located at 10540 Magnolia Avenue. However, the session location may vary depending on that week’s lesson, but advance notice will be given to all students. Class size is limited to 40 students, on a first come, first serve basis. All applicants must either live, work or attend school in the City of Riverside to be eligible to participate, and must be able to pass a minimal background check. Only online applications will be accepted, which is made available on the Riverside Police Department’s website. For more information or to apply for the Spring Session Citizen Academy, please visit http://www.riversideca.gov/rpd/community/academy.asp or contact Police Services Representative Enrique Barboza at (951) 826-5704.

City press conference regarding recent flu surge.

You can't even text and walk....so why do you text and drive? We hope this makes you think twice before texting and driving. #ItCanWait

We know you’re deciding on those lunch choices right now, so we’ll make it easy for ya... BLAZE PIZZA for the Teen 2 Teen fundraiser! From 12:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. today, come out to Blaze Pizza at the Riverside Plaza and enjoy some great food while supporting Teen 2 Teen, a wonderful mentorship between students at John W. North High School and the Riverside Police Department. 20% of the proceeds from your meal will be donated to Teen 2 Teen. The flyer shown must be presented at time of purchase. See you here!

The Riverside Police Department's thoughts and prayers are with the San Bernardino County Sheriff's Department, also, the friends and family of Deputy Larry Falce.

FATAL INJURY TRAFFIC COLLISION On Tuesday, January 2, 2018, at approximately 5:51 p.m., the City of Riverside Emergency Dispatch center received calls of a vehicle versus a motorcycle traffic collision on Arlington Avenue at Division Street. Riverside Police and Fire personnel responded to the scene. Initial investigation shows a gray Nissan Altima being driven by a 61-year-old resident of Moreno Valley was southbound on Division St., and stopped at the posted stop sign before pulling into the intersection to make a left turn to go eastbound on Arlington Ave. At the same time, a red Yamaha motorcycle was westbound on Arlington Ave. The motorcycle collided into the side of the Nissan. Riverside Fire personnel pronounced the motorcyclist deceased at the scene. The driver of the Nissan was transported to an area hospital with non-life threatening injuries. Drugs and alcohol are not believed to be a factor at this time. The Riverside Police Department’s Major Accident Investigation Team (M.A.I.T.) responded and is currently investigating. The release of the identity of the deceased is pending the Coroner’s investigation. Anyone with information regarding this collision is urged to call Riverside Police Traffic Detective F. Soria at (951) 826-8720.

TRAFFIC ALERT: Westbound Arlington Ave. at Durango Rd. Due to a fatal traffic collision in the 3300 block of Arlington Avenue, westbound lanes of traffic on Arlington Avenue from Durango Road will be closed for an unknown time. We thank you for your patience as our officers conduct the investigation.

TEEN 2 TEEN FUNDRAISER AT BLAZE PIZZA This Wednesday, January 3, 2018, from 12:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m., come out to Blaze Pizza at the Riverside Plaza and enjoy some great food while supporting Teen 2 Teen, a wonderful mentorship between students at John W. North High School and the Riverside Police Department. 20% of the proceeds from your meal will be donated to Teen 2 Teen. The flyer shown must be presented at time of purchase. We hope to see you then!

HAPPY NEW YEAR RIVERSIDE!