Rialto Police Department
|Rialto Police Department|
|Patch of the Rialto Police Department.|
|Formed||November 17, 1911|
|Legal personality||Governmental: Government agency|
|Operations jurisdiction*||City of Rialto in the state of California, USA|
|Size||28 square miles (73 km2)|
|Agency executive||Mark Kling, Chief|
|Rialto PD Website|
|* Divisional agency: Division of the country, over which the agency has usual operational jurisdiction.|
The Rialto Police Department is the primary law enforcement agency in Rialto, in San Bernardino County, California. It offers services including Patrol, K-9 Unit and School resource officers. It was founded on November 17, 1911.
Attempt to disband
The department was almost disbanded in early 2007 when, at the request of their mayor, the San Bernardino County Sheriff's Department was asked to provide a contract for police services, thinking that the officers (who were already suffering from low morale and pay) would immediately jump at the chance to be sheriff's deputies (complete with better training and pay). The mayor didn't expect any negative reaction at all from the residents, as well as then-Sheriff-Coroner Gary Penrod. After a few months of back-and-forth negotiations between the officers' union and the city's mayor, the department was saved from abolition.
In 2010, an employee of the Spearmint Rhino gentlemen's club filed a claim for $500,000 against the city of Rialto alleging that Rialto police officers had, while on-duty as well as while off-duty, engaged in sexual relations with strip club employees at the Rialto Police Union hall. At times group sex between Rialto cops and Spearmint Rhino employees occurred at the union hall. The plaintiff, Nancy Holtgreve, alleged that she was physically and verbally harassed by former Rialto police officer James Dobbs when she learned that he had impregnated her. Officer LaMont Corker testified in support of a claim filed by Dobbs for a restraining order against Holtgreve which San Bernardino Superior Court denied. Two officers, including officer Dobbs, resigned from the department in the wake of the scandal
In 2011, Rialto police shot and killed a man who had been charging them with a brick. Also in 2011, a Rialto policeman was indicted on federal bribery charges for accepting a $2500 bribe. He was charged along with an Orange County lawyer for falsely claiming that a witness had "provided substantial assistance" to the DEA.
In May 2012, a police officer was charged for engaging in sex with an underaged female.
|Officer||Date of Death||Details|
|Sergeant Gary W. Wolfley||
|Officer Sergio Carrera||
- Nikki Cobb (December 8, 2005). "Police Chief, deputy to step down former Fontana Chief to head Rialto Police". San Bernardino Sun. Retrieved November 14, 2011.
- Meghan Lewit (August 25, 2005). "Officers express no confidence in police chief". The Press-Enterprise. Retrieved November 14, 2011.
- "20100806_013951_BN06-RIACLAIM.PDF". July 30, 2010. Retrieved November 14, 2011.
- "Rialto Sex Scandal: 2 Rialto Police Officers Quit, 4 Disciplined in Sex Scandal". KTLA. November 19, 2010. Retrieved November 14, 2011.
- "Excessive Force? Police Shoot Anastacio Verduzco for Wielding Brick". June 3, 2011. Retrieved November 14, 2011.
- Richard Winton (June 6, 2011). "Rialto police officer, Orange County lawyer indicted on federal bribery charges". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved November 14, 2011.
- Lopez, Robert (10 May 2012). "Rialto police officer held on suspicion of child sex abuse - latimes.com". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 11 May 2012.
- The Officer Down Memorial Page