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Riverside County Sheriff's Department (Rancho Mirage Police)
As the Station Commander, I am also the Chief of Police for the City of Rancho Mirage Police Department and I want to welcome you to the Rancho Mirage Police Department web site. Access to the Department through the Internet is an effective way of communicating with our residents. I encourage you to spend time exploring our web site and associated links. It is my hope that by learning more about the Rancho Mirage Police Department that you will have a better understanding of the Department's responsibilities and our approach to these responsibilities. I believe you will find that the Department is diverse in the services we offer. Also, the Department is well organized and highly trained with a staff of dedicated men and women.
Please continue to visit our web site to communicate with us. I invite you to email us with your questions and observations. Be sure to check out the interactive pages, which are designed to help speed the crime reporting process, and to help report problem traffic areas within the City. The use of the interactive pages will expedite the time in which you can receive a report for insurance purposes, or for your own personal records. This method of filing a report will help keep sworn deputies on the streets, working to protect our community.
Thank you for taking the time to learn more about the Rancho Mirage Police Department.
Captain Kevin Vest
Captain Kevin Vest has over 18 years of law enforcement experience. He joined the Riverside County Sheriff's Department in 1993 and was first assigned as a deputy to the Southwest Detention Center. In 1995, he was transferred to patrol operations at the Palm Desert Station.
In 1997, Captain Vest was one of the first motorcycle officers assigned to the City of Rancho Mirage. In 2000, Captain Vest was promoted to Investigator at the Jurupa Valley Station and was later promoted to Sergeant at the Indio Station. Captain Vest was in charge of Traffic Enforcement for the City of La Quinta and was later re-assigned to Investigations within the Indio station.
In 2004, Captain Vest was transferred as a sergeant to the Hemet Station to assist with the newly acquired contract for the City of San Jacinto. In 2005, he was promoted to Lieutenant and assigned to the Larry Smith Correctional Facility in Banning. In 2006, he was transferred to the Hemet Station where he served as the Chief of Police for the City of San Jacinto.
In 2008, Captain Vest was transferred to the Special Investigations Bureau, where he was awarded the Medal of Merit for his development and implementation of an administrative database for the entire Sheriff's Department. In 2009, Captain Vest was transferred to the Sheriff's Technical Services Bureau. The Technical Services Bureau provides Information Technology Services to the entire Sheriff's Department and all outlying facilities.
Captain Vest served in the United States Marine Corps from 1986-1992, where he earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in Criminal Justice from National University. In 2001, he earned his Master of Arts degree in Public Administration from California State University San Bernardino. Captain Vest serves as an adjunct instructor at the Ben Clark Training Center and California State University San Bernardino. Captain Vest recently returned to college and has completed undergraduate work in Crime Analysis, Computer Science, and GIS technology.
Captain Kevin Vest is married and has three children and one grandson. He resides in the City of San Jacinto.
Lieutenant David Teets
Lieutenant David Teets joined the Riverside County Sheriff's Department in 1997. His first assignment was to provide courtroom security at the Family Law Courthouse in downtown Riverside.
In 1999, Lieutenant Teets was transferred to the Hemet Station and assigned to the Patrol Division. In 2003, he was promoted to the rank of corporal and remained at the Hemet Station. He was eventually assigned to the Investigations Bureau where he investigated various crimes and oversaw the enforcement program for sex, drug, and arson registrants. He was also a member of the transition team when the Sheriff's Department assumed police services for the city of San Jacinto.
In 2005, Lieutenant Teets was promoted to the rank of investigator and assigned to the Special Investigations Bureau's Criminal Intelligence Unit. In 2006, he was promoted to the rank of sergeant within the Special Investigations Bureau and assigned to the Narcotics Division. During his tenure as a sergeant in the Narcotics Division, Lieutenant Teets supervised a group of intelligence analysts, the Asset Forfeiture Unit, the Highway Enforcement Team, and the "Majors" Narcotics/Clandestine Lab Unit.
In 2011, Lieutenant Teets was promoted to the rank of lieutenant and assigned to the Palm Desert Station where he has held assignments in the Patrol Division and Investigations Bureau.
Lieutenant Teets is married and has three sons. He has spent most of his life in Riverside County. Lieutenant Teets enjoys boating and spends his spare time with family in Lake Havasu.