Riverside Police Department
Press Release


For Immediate Release

Date June 29, 2001
Contact Officer Tina Banfill
Phone (909) 826-5939
Fax (909) 826-2593



Riverside, CA Ė On Friday, June 29, 2001 Chief Russ Leach announced the promotion of two Riverside Detectives to the rank of Sergeant. The promotions are a result of two newly created supervisory positions in the Internal Affairs division.

Sergeant Steve Van Etten began his career in law enforcement in 1973 as a cadet for Anaheim Police Department. In September 1975, he joined the Placentia Police Department as a full-time sworn police officer and was soon promoted to detective in their Economic Crimes Unit. In August 1980, he joined the Riverside Police Department and over the past 21 years, has served the community of Riverside through a variety of assignments including patrol, public education officer, school resource officer, and field training officer. In 1993, Van Etten was promoted to detective and has been assigned to the Burglary Unit, Sexual Assault and Child Abuse Unit, and more recently the Economic Crimes Unit. He has also served as a Senior Arson Investigator for the past six years.

Sergeant Bob Williams, a 19-year veteran, began his career in law enforcement with Riverside Police Department in 1982, following one year of service as a reserve officer for the department. Williams has worked a number of different assignments over the years including, patrol, school resources officer, recruitment officer, motor officer and traffic investigator, field training officer and honor guard member. He has also served as a sniper for the departmentís special weapons and tactics team. As a detective, Williams has worked assignments in the Domestic Violence Unit, the Narcotics Unit, and the Sexual Assault and Child Abuse Unit. His most recent assignment includes work with the departmentís Vice Unit. Williams has been recognized by the Riverside Police Officerís Association as the Special Services Officer of the Year on two occasions.