Riverside Police Department

Central Investigations Bureau


Special Investigations Frequently Asked Questions

Does the Police Department have it's own Bomb Squad?

The Riverside Police Department maintains a Technical Services Unit, which provides specialized support to address unusual hazards to the community. In addition to being certified Bomb Technicians, members of the Unit are also Hazardous Materials Specialists. They respond to incidents involving bombs and explosives, clandestine laboratories, biological pathogens, and related issues.

Why doesn't the Police Department do anything about prostitution?

The Riverside Police Department Vice Unit is tasked with enforcement of prostitution laws. Members of the unit make multiple prostitution arrests on a weekly basis. While prostitution occurs around the clock, Vice detectives are limited in their hours of deployment. Periodically, Vice conducts "sting" operations with other units, such as the POP Team, and UNET. Programs target both the supply side and the consumers, concentrating on areas of highest identified prostitution activity.

In addition to enforcing prostitution laws, Vice detectives are also responsible for enforcement relating to lewd conduct in public places, display and distribution of harmful matter, alcohol laws, and illegal gambling. They also administer regulatory and enforcement requirements of the Riverside Municipal Code relating to Bingo, Adult Entertainment, Massage, and Fortunetelling.

Who do I call to report sales of alcohol to minors?

Specific incidents can be reported to the Police Department as a routine request for service. Persistent issues, or reports of already occurred violations may be reported to the Vice Unit (951-353-7206), the California Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control (951-782-4400), or your neighborhood's Problem Oriented Policing Team officer (951-353-7200).

Chief of Police Sergio G. Diaz

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Magnolia Station:
10540 Magnolia Ave. #B
Riverside, CA 92505
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