Chief of Police
Message from the Chief
Article 13, Section 35 (2) of the California Constitution states, “The protection of the public safety is the first responsibility of local government…” The men and women of the Moreno Valley Police Department are single-minded in this responsibility. Our vision is a safe community where our residents and visitors are free to pursue their dreams and the highest possible quality of life.
To deliver our public safety mission, we employ a policing model that emphasizes community partnerships, proactive specialized teams and multiagency partnerships. Our proactive teams include a Problem Oriented Policing Team (POP), a Career Criminal Apprehension Team (CCAT), two gang teams and a representative on the Regional Gang Task Force, a narcotics team, a nationally recognized Traffic Team, Burglary and Robbery Suppression Teams (BST & RST), a Community Services Team, and the Youth Accountability Team (YAT). Included in our specialized and proactive policing model are partnerships with Riverside County Probation Department, Child Protective Services, Adult Protective Services, the District Attorney’s Office, and a variety of City departments. We have representatives from nearly all of these departments stationed in our facility and partnering with our police force every day. I encourage you to browse the Police Department’s website to learn more about these teams and the outstanding men and women who staff them. I would also like to encourage you to consider joining our team as a Volunteer, Explorer Scout, or even through a career move into law enforcement. Please visit the Riverside County Sheriff’s recruiting website at www.JoinRSD.org
The Mayor, City Council and the City Manager’s Office have consistently demonstrated their commitment to public safety through the years by working to maintain an appropriate level of funding required to continue to provide exceptional public safety services. The Police Department budget currently represents 51% of the City’s General Fund budget. Their collective foresight and support has helped the City to realize a nearly 60% reduction in serious crime over the past twenty years. (FBI Uniform Crime Report 1991-2011)
My appointment as your Chief of Police brings with it more than 25 years of law enforcement experience. I have been fortunate to spend nearly half my career working in the City of Moreno Valley. My officers and staff understand and support my vision of an ever safer Moreno Valley. They also understand that professionalism and quality customer service is critical to the success of our partnerships and mission. My expectation is that every member of the Moreno Valley Police Department will be worthy of your trust and serve you with honor, dignity, and courtesy.
It is my great honor and privilege to serve as your Chief of Police.
Joel Ontiveros, Chief of Police
Moreno Valley Police Department
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