Riverside Police Department Press Release

 

For Immediate Release

Date December 19, 2005
Contact Steven Frasher, Office of the Chief
Phone (951) 826-5147
     

 

Chief Leach Announces Promotions

 

                        

Riverside, Ca- Chief Russ Leach is pleased to announce the promotion of two new Captains, effective December 16, 2005, and three promotions to the ranks of Lieutenant, three to the rank of Sergeant and two the rank of Detective, all effective December 30, 2005.

Captain Pete Esquivel takes on his new role in Office of the Chief Personnel Services Commander after previously serving the past two years as the Lieutenant Area Commander for the Central Neighborhood Policing Area. Captain Esquivel, 50, was born in Mexico City but grew up in Riverside, graduating from Norte Vista High School and Riverside City College. He holds a Bachelor’s degree from California Baptist University and a graduate degree in Management from the University of Redlands. Captain Esquivel joined the Riverside Police Department as a cadet in 1974. He attended the Police Academy the following year and became a sworn officer in 1976. He was promoted to Detective in 1985, to Sergeant in 1989 and to Lieutenant in 1993, having served in almost every possible assignment. Captain Esquivel is married and has four children.

Captain Mark Boyer joined the Riverside Police Department in 1975, rising through Field Training Officer and other supervisory roles. Boyer, 53, is a graduate of Ramona High School, Riverside Community College and California State Polytechnic University-Pomona, where he earned his degree in Management. As Lieutenant in Special Projects, Boyer dealt with the Transitional Housing Task Force and is overseeing the building of a new police precinct building in Magnolia. He was North Area Commander from 2001 to 2005. Captain Boyer will be assigned to the Office of the Chief – Special Projects and Audit Compliance Task Force. Boyer and his wife, Anna, have three daughters.

Lieutenant Rick Tedesco
will be assigned as Watch Commander in the Office of Field Operations. Lieutenant Tedesco, 52, grew up in Long Beach and started his law enforcement career with the Buena Park Police Department in 1976; he made the lateral transfer to the Riverside Police Department in 1980. A patrol officer and traffic investigator, he was promoted to detective in 1988, where he has worked in Special Investigations, vice, narcotics and the gang unit. A Sergeant since 1995, he has worked traffic supervision, narcotics, Internal Affairs and, recently, patrol in the North Neighborhood Policing Area. He and wife Susan have three children.

Lieutenant Bruce Loftus began his law enforcement career with the Orange County Sheriff’s Department in 1982 before transferring to the City of Orange police force and making the move to Riverside in 1990. His assignments included Patrol Crime Scene Investigation, Field Training Officer and undercover work. His roles here have included School Resource Officer, Riverside Against Drugs Officer, the Problem Oriented Policing (POP) Team and as vice president of the Riverside Police Officers’ Association. Promoted to Sergeant in 2001, Loftus worked in Patrol, Criminal Intelligence and Vice investigation. He holds an Associate degree from Riverside Community College and a degree in Criminal Justice from Chapman University. Lieutenant Loftus, 44, will be assigned as Watch Commander in the Office of Field Operations. Married 25 years to Nancy, they have four daughters.

Lieutenant Bob Williams joined the Riverside Police Department as a reserve officer in 1980, become a full-time officer in 1982 and subsequently “working pretty much every unit expect helicopters.” Williams, 46, is an Arlington high school grad, currently studying Criminal Justice at California Baptist University. Recently posted to Internal Affairs, Lieutenant Williams will be assigned as Watch Commander in the Office of Field Operations. When not on duty, Williams can be seen appearing as lead singer of CUBO, an all-police classic rock band. He and his wife, Riverside Police Sergeant Lisa Williams, have four children.

Sergeant Jay Greenstein joined the Orange County Sheriff’s Department in 1980 after studies at West Los Angeles City College; working in investigations, he made the lateral transfer to the Riverside Police Department in 1988. Greenstein, 45, was a member of the first Problem Oriented Police (POP) Team and introduced the successful Crime-Free Multi-Housing program to Riverside. Promoted to detective in 1995, Greenstein worked in Narcotics and with the Federal Drug Enforcement Agency Task Force, and in assignments in Criminal Intelligence, Robbery and Homicide. Sergeant Greenstein will be assigned to the Office of Field Operations. He is married with two children.

Sergeant Derwin Hudson grew up in Cerritos, started work in Riverside as a reserve officer in 1994 and moved up to sworn officer after only four months. His assignments have included Patrol, School Resource Officer at Arlington High School, Personnel and Training, Press Information Officer and with the Attorney General Compliance Task Force. Promoted to Detective in 2003, Hudson, 43, served recently investigating auto theft in the East Neighborhood Policing Area. Sergeant Hudson will be assigned to the Office of Field Operations. He and wife Theresa have three children.

Sergeant Kim Crutchfield began her public safety career in 1982 as a dispatcher with the Riverside County Fire Department and California Department of Forestry & Fire Protection; she made the transfer Riverside Police Department Dispatch in 1996 and attended the Riverside Sheriff’s Academy in 1999. As a Police Officer, Crutchfield, 47, served in Patrol, with the Problem Oriented Police (POP) Team, the Bicycle Unit and the Mounted horse patrol team. Recently working in Personnel and Training, Sergeant Crutchfield will be assigned to the Office of Field Operations. She and her husband, Riverside Detective Bill Crutchfield, have two children.

Detective Daniel Warren served as a Navy SEAL prior to joining law enforcement with the Oceanside Police Department in 1999, making the transfer to Riverside three years later. Warren, 37, served on Patrol, with the Sniper Team, as Field Training Officer and as a board member and officer representative for the Riverside Police Officers’ Association. He holds a Bachelor’s degree from the University of California-San Diego and a Master’s in Criminal Law and Society from the University of California-Irvine. He and his wife, Kellie, have two sons.

Detective Ed Collins is a United States Air Force veteran who served as a Military Police officer (MP) at the former Norton Air Force Base in San Bernardino prior to joining the Riverside Police Department in 1992. Collins, 38, served in Patrol, as Field Training Officer, on the Bicycle Unit, the Problem Oriented Police (POP) Team and as School Resource Office in the Alvord Unified School District. Collins’ most recent assignment, in the Personnel and Training Division, involved recruitment and background checks of new police officers. He and his wife Angela, have four children.

Detectives Warren and Collins are awaiting new duty assignments.

Also effective December 16 is the assignment of two new Neighborhood Policing Area Commanders.

Lieutenant Bob Meier will replace Captain Esquivel as Area Commander of the Central Neighborhood Policing Area.

Lieutenant Larry Gonzalez will replace recently retired Lieutenant Alex Tortes as Area Commander of the East Neighborhood Policing Area.

Other transfers announced December 16:

Captain John Wallace will transfer from Office of the Chief, personnel Services Division Commander to Office of Field Operations, Central/West Neighborhood Policing Area.

Captain James Cannon will transfer from Office of Field Operations, Central/West Neighborhood Policing Area to Investigations Division.