PUBLIC SAFETY BRIEFS – August 31, 2017

Hemet residents found shot to death in SJ Valley Cemetery

Officers from the San Jacinto Police Department were dispatched to a call of an assault with a deadly weapon in the 2500 block of S. Santa Fe Ave. in San Jacinto on Aug. 21 at 9:25 p.m.
Officers arrived on scene at the San Jacinto Valley Cemetery and found an adult male and female, deceased from apparent gunshot wounds. The Riverside County Coroner’s Office has identified the victims as Fernando Alvarez, 52, of Hemet, and Maria Alvarez, 53, of Hemet.
Detectives from the San Jacinto Police Department and investigators from the Sheriff’s Central Homicide Unit responded to the scene and assumed the investigation. At this time the incident appears to be an isolated domestic violence incident and there are no outstanding suspects. The investigation is continuing.
Anyone with information regarding this incident can contact Investigator Bishop of the Central Homicide Unit at 951-955-2777, or Detective Roy of the San Jacinto Police Department at 951-654-2702.

Pedestrian suffers major injuries after being struck by a van

On Aug. 21 at 10:55 pm, deputies from the San Jacinto Police Department responded to an injury traffic collision on State Street north of 7th Street. The initial investigation indicated a Ford van was traveling north on State Street in the No. 2 lane.
A female pedestrian ran east across State Street into the path of the van and was struck. The pedestrian was transported to an area hospital where she remains in serious condition. Northbound State Street from 7th Street was closed for about three hours while the collision was investigated.
The San Jacinto Police Department requests anyone having additional information regarding this incident to call the San Jacinto Police Department at 951-487-7352.

Pedestrian dies in San Jacinto traffic collision

Officers from the San Jacinto Police Department responded to a traffic collision at the intersection of State Street and De Anza Drive on Aug. 24 at 10:30 p.m. The preliminary investigation determined a Saturn sedan was traveling south on State Street, and a pedestrian was walking across State Street at the intersection of De Anza Drive. The Saturn proceeded through the intersection as it faced a green traffic signal. The pedestrian, identified by the Riverside County Coroner’s office as Brian Johnson, 32, of San Jacinto, was crossing against a red signal, was wearing dark clothing, and stepped into the path of the Saturn. The Saturn struck Johnson, who died at the scene. The Saturn’s driver showed no symptoms of alcohol or drug use. The San Jacinto Police Department requests anyone having additional information regarding this incident to call Deputy Cortez at 951-654-2702.

Sniff appoints Capt. Brandon Ford to chief deputy

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Chief Deputy Brandon Ford.

Riverside County Sheriff Stan Sniff appointed Captain Brandon Ford to the rank of chief deputy on Aug. 21 in Riverside. Chief Deputy Ford will oversee West Field Operations which consists of the Jurupa Valley, Moreno Valley and Perris Sheriff’s Stations, the Special Investigations Bureau (SIB), as well as the Sheriff’s Media Information Bureau (MIB). He replaces an existing vacancy created by an upcoming senior executive retirement.
Ford has more than 21 years of full-time law enforcement experience, all of it with the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department. He began his career on Aug. 15, 1996, at the Riverside County Sheriff’s Academy. Following graduation, Chief Deputy Ford was transferred to Field Operations at the Banning Station. Here are some career highlights:

– In 1999, he transferred to the Moreno Valley Police Department where he served in the Patrol Division and on the Special Enforcement Team – Gang Unit.
– In 2001 Ford was promoted to investigator, and transferred to the Sheriff’s newly formed Central Homicide Unit (CHU). During this period of his career, Ford also served as a defensive tactics instructor.
– In 2004, Ford was promoted to the rank of sergeant and transferred to the Southwest Detention Center (recently renamed the Cois M. Byrd Detention Center), where he supervised staff assigned to floor operations and classification.
– In 2006, Ford returned to the Sheriff’s Central Homicide Unit, where he supervised investigators assigned to our Eastern County offices.
– In 2009, Ford was promoted to lieutenant and assigned to the Sheriff’s Professional Standards Bureau (PSB), where he managed both the Administrative Services and the Internal Affairs Units.
– In 2011, he was transferred back to the Moreno Valley Police Department where he managed both the Patrol and Administration Divisions.
– On Dec. 16, 2013, Ford was promoted to captain and assumed command of the Sheriff’s Professional Standards Bureau.
– On Dec. 24, 2015, Ford was transferred to the Perris Station where he was responsible for police services in a vast county area and three separate cities, serving as the chief of police for the cities of Perris, Menifee and Canyon Lake.

Ford is a self-proclaimed product of the Inland Empire. He was raised in San Jacinto and obtained his bachelor’s degree from California State University, San Bernardino. Chief Deputy Ford and his family live in Murrieta, where he and his wife have raised three children.

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