FLASHBACK!-On Tuesday, December 22, 2009, Sheriff Stanley Sniff promoted Ross Koepp to the rank of Captain in a brief ceremony at Sheriff’s Administration and will oversee the Cabazon Station.
Captain Ross R. Koepp began his career with the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department in January of 1984 and has been assigned as a deputy sheriff at both the Indio and Hemet Sheriff’s Stations. He completed various special assignments, to include undercover and street-level narcotics enforcement, burglary suppression and an assignment on a multi-agency drug lab task force.
Captain Koepp was:
- * Promoted to the rank of Sheriff Investigator in January of 1989, and assigned as a coordinator to the Basic Peace Officers Academy. He returned to the Hemet Station where he was assigned to investigate homicide and persons crimes within the Detective Bureau.
- * Promoted to the rank of Sheriff’s Sergeant in April of 1990, within the Hemet Station where worked as a Watch Commander over patrol operations, the Detective Sergeant. He was assigned to Sheriff’s Court Services Central where he was responsible for court and civil field operations for the mid-county region.
- * Promoted to the rank of Sheriff’s Lieutenant in January of 2002 within Sheriff’s Court Services Central operations and in May of 2004 served as a Lieutenant to the Lake Elsinore Sheriff’s Station. While at the Lake Elsinore Station he oversaw the Patrol Bureau, Detective Bureau, Traffic Program, Lake Patrol, Special Teams, and Administrative Operations. He was assigned to the Larry D. Smith Correctional Facility in Banning in January of 2006 where he oversaw Jail Floor Operations, the Department’s Alternative Sentencing Programs, and Facilities Maintenance
In January of 2009,Captain Koepp was assigned to the Cabazon Sheriff’s Station, where he has overseen all facets of station operations to include patrol and investigations, administration, the department’s K-9 Program, contract services to both the City of Calimesa and the Morongo Indian Reservation and other ancillary duties of the station.
In promoting to the rank of Captain, he will command the Cabazon Sheriff’s Station, and all aspects of station operations to include patrol, administration, investigations, search and rescue operations, the Sheriff’s volunteer posse and coordinator of the department’s entire K-9 program. He will also serve as Police Chief for the City of Calimesa and Chief contract law enforcement officer for contract services provided to the Morongo Indian Reservation. The Cabazon Station also provides law enforcement services to the communities of Windy Point, Whitewater, Cabazon, the unincorporated areas of Banning and Beaumont, Twin Pines, Poppet Flats, San Gorgonio, San Timoteo Canyon, and Cherry Valley.
Captain Koepp resides in the Beaumont / Calimesa area with his wife of 26 years, his daughter, and his two sons. Captain Koepp enjoys reading and writing, traveling, hiking, snorkeling, and attending concerts with his children. He is a veteran of the United States Air Force.
Captain Koepp said, “I am both honored and humbled to be selected to replace retiring Captain Ed Harvey. The Calimesa / Beaumont / Banning pass areas have recently been cited as the fastest growing region in the state. Some see this as a challenge. I see this as an opportunity. As a local resident, I have a vested interest in the success of helping to manage this opportunity. Over the past year, I have truly enjoyed working with the professional staff of the Morongo Tribal Government, and that of the City of Calimesa and am eager to build on those relationships as Commander of the Cabazon Sheriff’s Station, and Chief of Police for the City of Calimesa.”
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