Riverside Police Department Press Release


For Immediate Release

Date Tuesday, August 1, 2006
Contact Steven Frasher, Press Information Officer
Phone (951) 826-5147

Chief Leach announces promotions

Riverside, Ca- Chief Russ Leach is pleased to announce the promotion of Captain John De La Rosa to the position of Deputy Chief, Administration.

“At a time of reorganization and growth in the Riverside Police Department, I am pleased to be able to make the following changes and promotions with such able police department personnel,” said Russ Leach, Chief of Police. RPD opened its new Magnolia Policing Center on July 15, initiating a significant redeployment of RPD personnel.

Deputy Chief John De La Rosa takes command of Department Administration, with oversight of Support Services, Special Projects and Management Services. Areas under his command include Communications, Community Services, Facilities, Finance, Internal Affairs, Personnel and Training, Records and the new Audit and Compliance unit.

De La Rosa grew up in Los Angeles. He became interested in police work through a friend and he applied as a Police Trainee through the Corona Police Department in 1977. He was hired by the Rialto Police Department as a sworn officer in 1978.

De La Rosa served in Patrol and as a training officer. De La Rosa joined the Riverside Police Department in 1980; he served in Patrol, METRO (SWAT), Street Narcotics, Bicycle Team and as Field Training Officer. He was promoted to Detective in 1983 and served in Narcotics, with the Street Crime Task Force and with the Inland Regional Apprehension Team (IRAT). Promoted to Sergeant in 1995, he was assigned to Internal Affairs; he later supervised the Gang Unit, the METRO Team and the Officer-Involved Shooting and Homicide unit.

Promoted to Lieutenant in 2001, De La Rosa served as a Watch Commander and Area Commander and had postings in charge of General Investigations, Personnel and Training, and Internal Affairs. He was promoted to Captain in 2005 and has had command of Special Operations and, most recently, Field Operations in the North and East Policing Centers.

De La Rosa has his Associate’s degree from Riverside Community College and Bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice from California State University-San Bernardino.