Riverside Police Department Press Release


For Immediate Release

Date December 20, 2005
Contact Steven Frasher, Office of the Chief
Phone (951) 826-5147


Chief Leach Announces New Officers



Riverside, Ca- Chief Russ Leach is pleased to announce the addition of seven experienced police officers to the Riverside Police Department. The new officers will be sworn in at a ceremony at Riverside City Hall on Tuesday, December 20, 2005, at 5:30 p.m.

Six officers are transferring from the Rialto Police Department


The seventh, Officer Anthony Watkins, is the first successful lateral transfer from the California Highway Patrol in recent memory. Watkins graduated from the CHP Cadet Training Center in 2001, and was most recently assigned to CHP Patrol Division in Santa Fe Springs.

“These new officers add valuable experience, policing skills and diversity to the Riverside Police Department and we are proud to have them join us as we continue to develop our model police agency,” said Chief Russ Leach.

WHAT: Swearing-in of seven new Riverside Police officers
WHEN: Tuesday, December 20, 2005; 5:30 p.m.
WHERE: Riverside City Hall, Mayor’s Ceremonial Room, 7th Floor