Riverside Police Department
Press Release


For Immediate Release

Date January 2, 2003
Contact Lieutenant John Wallace
Phone (909) 826-5836
Fax (909) 826-5699


Chief Russ Leach announces promotion of
Andy Pytlak to Deputy Chief of Police

Riverside, Ca-  Chief Russ Leach is pleased to announce the promotion of Andy Pytlak to the rank of Deputy Chief of Police. As the Deputy Chief of Police Operations, his command will include Field Operations (Patrol); Special Operations; and Investigations Division.

Deputy Chief Andy Pytlak is a thirty-year veteran of the Riverside Police Department and Riverside resident. He has served in the supervision and/or management of a variety of police units and programs during his law enforcement career which include Special Investigations (Narcotics, Gangs, Vice, Criminal Intelligence, Asset Forfeiture), General Investigations (Homicide, Robbery, Crimes Against Property, Economic Crimes), Family Services (Domestic Violence, Sexual Assault, Child Abuse, School Resource Program), Special Operations (Aviation Unit, Traffic Services, Accident Investigation, Parking Enforcement, Crossing Guards, Hazardous Materials Response, Explosive Ordinance Detail), and Field Operations (Patrol, Field Training Officer Program, Reserve Program and Cadet Program).

He received an appointment as special deputy for the United States Marshall’s Office, and works with federal agents as a liaison for homeland security. He received his degree in Criminology from the University of California, Berkeley, and has accrued numerous hours of continuing professional training in leadership and police administration through the Commission of Peace Officer’s Standards and Training.

Deputy Chief Pytlak is active in a variety of professional organizations including the Fraternal Order of Police, Peace Officers Research Association of California, California Narcotics Officers Association, California Peace Officers Association, California Association of Police Training Officers, California Association of Background Investigators, Law Enforcement Training Advisory Committee - Riverside County, Regional Occupation Program - Riverside County Office of Education - Law Enforcement Academy.

He is also active in community organizations including past advisory board chairman - Riverside Corp of the Salvation Army, member of the board of directors, Youth Service Center of Riverside County, member of the Greater Riverside Chamber of Commerce, steering committee member – “Leadership Riverside” – Riverside Chamber of Commerce.