West Covina Police DepartmentWest Covina Police Department

Chief of Police



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.

As a Police Officer and later as a Corporal Richard served as a School Resource Officer, Explorer Advisor and a Field Training Officer.  In 2004 he was assigned to the Detective Bureau first serving as the Grand Theft Auto Detective and later as a Miscellaneous Crimes against persons Detective.

In 2006 Richard was promoted to Police Sergeant. He was assigned to Patrol, the Detective Bureau and Professional Standards Section. In 2010, Richard was promoted to Lieutenant. He was assigned to Patrol, the Professional Standards Section, the Administrative Section and the Detective Bureau. In addition Richard supervised the Communication Center. In 2013 Richard was promoted to Captain and assigned to the Investigative Support & Services Division/Administrative Division.

Chief Richard Bell has a Bachelor’s degree in Communication from the University of Nebraska where he played college football. Richard also played professional football for the Pittsburgh Steelers and Kansas City Chiefs.