West Covina Police DepartmentWest Covina Police Department

Chief of Police

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David Faulkner was appointed to the position of Chief of Police for the City of West Covina on January 27th, 2014. Chief Faulkner brings over 30 years of law enforcement experience to the City of West Covina. He served most recently as the Field Services Commander for the Fontana Police Department, where he supervised Fontana’s patrol, investigations, traffic, K-9, air support, and SWAT programs. During his tenure in Fontana, Chief Faulkner worked in all three divisions (Administrative, Field Services, and Special Operations) of the Police Department, gaining valuable experience in narcotics, homicide, gangs, crime prevention, code enforcement, budget, grants, recruitment, and community based policing programs. Chief Faulkner is known for his expertise in Accident Reconstruction. He is a Lead Instructor on the subject for the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department and has published a book titled “Collision Investigation for the Patrol Officer”

Prior to his service in Fontana, Chief Faulkner spent two years with the Chino Police Department.

Chief Faulkner has a Bachelor of Science Degree in Criminal Justice from Columbia Southern University and an Associates of Arts Degree in Criminal Justice from Palomar Community College. In addition, Chief Faulkner is a graduate of the FBI National Academy, POST Command College and the Sherman Block Supervisory Leadership Institute. Since 2007, Chief Faulkner has also served as a Reserve Police Helicopter Pilot for the El Monte Police Department, which serves the City of West Covina. Prior to law enforcement, he served six years in the United States Marine Corps.

Specialties: Investigations, Critical Incident Command, Traffic, Aviation, K-9, Accident Reconstruction and SWAT. The West Covina Police Department is a leader in regional policing and fully vested in the Area Command Concept of service delivery.

Captains

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CAPTAIN

RICHARD BELL

Patrol Division
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CAPTAIN

DOUG MURRAY

Investigative and Support Services Division
Administrative Division

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 where he currently serves.

Captain 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 Chief’s.

Doug Murray grew up in Orange County and joined the West Covina Police Department in 1996 as a Reserve Police Officer. He was hired as a fulltime Police Officer in January of 1998.

As a Police Officer and later as a Corporal, Doug served as a Patrol Officer, K-9 Handler, and a Field Training Officer. He also served on the Department’s SWAT Team, Firearms Training Unit, Less-Lethal Cadre, and the Mounted Enforcement Team. In 2006, Doug was assigned to the Detective Bureau, first serving as a Financial Crimes Detective and later as a Robbery Detective.

Doug’s assignments as a sergeant included Patrol, Professional Standards, Enterprise Manager and Administration. In 2011, Doug was promoted to lieutenant and assumed command over the Administrative Bureau. He became the SWAT Commander and oversaw the Firearms Training Unit. In 2013, Doug promoted to captain and initially served as the commander of the Investigative Support & Services Division. Later that same year, he was rotated to the Patrol Division where he currently serves.

Captain Murray has a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from Cal State University, Dominguez Hills. He also holds an undergraduate degree in Criminal Justice Administration.