Richard Bell grew up in the City of Pasadena. He started his law enforcement career as a Reserve Officer with the Monrovia Police Department in 1995. In 1996, Richard was hired by the San Marino Police Department, and was assigned to the Patrol Division. In 1999 Richard joined the West Covina Police Department Family.
About two-thirds of all sworn officers work in this division, which focuses on patrolling city streets, answering calls for service, and identifying potential crime problems. Under the Community Service Area Policing program, four dedicated lieutenants and their crews are assigned a specific quadrant of the City and tasked with resolving public safety concerns for residents, neighborhoods, and businesses. This division includes the Traffic Unit, the K-9 Unit, Jail Operations, Reserve Officers, Police Cadets and award-winning SHOP senior volunteers who perform non-hazardous duties to free up sworn officers.
PFC Ruben Velasco, USMC
Many of you have seen the recent news reports about the U.S. Marine helicopter that crashed over the weekend when attempting to land on a U.S. Navy ship. The personnel were participating in a training exercise off the coast of Australia. Twenty three out of the 26 Marines were rescued at sea and taken to a hospital. One of the pilots and two Marine passengers however have not been found. One of those lost was a West Covina High School (WCHS) 2016 graduate and City of West Covina resident, Pfc. Ruben Velasco (Age: 19).
West Covina PD School Resource Officer Eddie Flores knew Pfc. Ruben Velasco. Ruben played football the 4 years he was at WCHS.
On Tuesday evening, August 8, 2017, WCPD Lt. Dennis Patton, Lt. Pat Benschop, Ofcr. Eddie Flores, and WCPD Chaplain Dane Johnson met with the Velasco family to express condolences on behalf of the Mayor/City Council and the entire City of West Covina extended family. West Covina Mayor Corey Warshaw authorized earlier this week that all flags at City of West Covina facilities be flown at half-staff this week through Friday in honor of Pfc. Velasco. In addition, the City Council will be adjourning the August 15, 2017 City Council Meeting in his memory. The family was very appreciative of the condolences offered by the City of West Covina staff and members of City Council to honor the life of Pfc. Velasco.
We ask that you please keep the family in your prayers during this difficult time.
Rest in Peace young man.
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WCPD CITIZENS ACADEMY will start 9/14/17.
The West Covina Police Department is pleased to announce applications for the the popular Citizens Academy for Class #4 scheduled to start Thursday, September 14, 2017 are now being accepted.
The Citizen Academy offers members of the community an up close and personal look at how the West Covina Police Department operates. The program brings the community’s civic, business, and religious leaders together to experience firsthand how the West Covina Police Department responds to and investigates crimes in our community. Class members will learn about the various personnel, their tools and techniques which are employed to carry out our mission. Class members will observe all aspects of police operations including patrol, investigations, Forensics, S.W.A.T. and K9 operations to name a few.
Classes are free and will be held every Thursday evening from 6:00 pm to 8:30 pm for ten consecutive weeks.
1. You must be 18 years of age or older to attend the Citizens.
2. A criminal history check will be conducted on each applicant. Applicants with questionable criminal records will be admitted only upon approval of the Program Director.
3. Participants are required to wear appropriate attire.
4. Participants are required to conduct themselves in a professional manner at all times. Failure to comply may lead to dismissal.
5. Participants are not permitted to carry weapons.
6. Accepted participants will receive a confirmation letter and email.
7. Class size is limited. Priority is given to persons living and/or working within the City of West Covina.
8. Participants are asked to commit to the full term of the course (10 weeks) In order to receive a graduation certificate. Consideration will be given for unforeseen circumstances.
Visit the West Covina Police Department Webpage at www.wcpd.org/events/citizens-academy/ or send an email to CitizensAcademy@wcpd.org. You may also call 626 939-8530.
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