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.




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.