Indian Wells Police Department

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Our primary mission is to maintain peace and order by providing the highest quality police service in response to community needs by apprehending criminals, developing partnerships, and respecting individuals by protecting the lives and property of the citizens of the City. The Indian Wells Police Department addresses its mission statement by practicing problem -solving and Community-Oriented Policing. The men and women who serve this community work together in a problem solving partnership with communities, government agencies, private groups, and individuals to fight crime and improve the quality of life for the residents and visitors of Indian Wells.

The City of Indian Wells contracts with the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department for these services. Currently, patrol staffing consists of thirty hours per day, seven days a week, three hundred and sixty-five days per year. In addition, the City of Indian Wells contracts for two full-time motor enforcement officers and two full-time Special Enforcement Team officers.


Patrol Division

The Indian Wells Motorcycle Enforcement Officers perform several different functions. Their primary function is to enforce traffic laws as defined by the California Vehicle Code with a goal of making our roadways safe for all commuters. Secondly, they are tasked with investigating major traffic collisions that occur within the City of Indian Wells. On rare occasions, investigations include vehicular manslaughter and homicide cases. Finally, Traffic Services is responsible for developing traffic plans for all major events held in Indian Wells.

The City's two motorcycle officers are the most visible part of this traffic enforcement function, but all marked Indian Wells Police cars do conduct traffic enforcement when possible. In order to maximize efficiency of the enforcement activities of all traffic units, the City of Indian Wells utilizes the Crossroads Database System. This system permits the rapid display of statistical data compiled from citation and traffic collision reports. With this information, we can accurately identify specific areas, time of day, and day of the week in which most accidents are occurring.

The Traffic Unit also conducts annual public education events (Holiday Safety Program), and participates in regional and state enforcement activities.


Traffic Services

The Indian Wells Motorcycle Enforcement Officers perform several different functions. Their primary function is to enforce traffic laws as defined by the California Vehicle Code with a goal of making our roadways safe for all commuters. Secondly, they are tasked with investigating major traffic collisions that occur within the City of Indian Wells. On rare occasions, investigations include vehicular manslaughter and homicide cases. Finally, Traffic Services is responsible for developing traffic plans for all major events held in Indian Wells.

The City's two motorcycle officers are the most visible part of this traffic enforcement function, but all marked Indian Wells Police cars do conduct traffic enforcement when possible. In order to maximize efficiency of the enforcement activities of all traffic units, the City of Indian Wells utilizes the Crossroads Database System. This system permits the rapid display of statistical data compiled from citation and traffic collision reports. With this information, we can accurately identify specific areas, time of day, and day of the week in which most accidents are occurring.

The Traffic Unit also conducts annual public education events (Holiday Safety Program), and participates in regional and state enforcement activities.


Traffic Service Programs


Click it or Ticket

A National Highway Traffic Safety Administration mobilization campaign aimed at increasing the use of seat belts among young people in the United States. The campaign relies heavily on targeted advertising aimed at teens and young adults.


Avoid the 30

The 30 local law enforcement agencies of Riverside County have joined together to get out the message: If you drink or take drugs and drive, you will be arrested for driving under the influence.

Avoid the 30 brings all Riverside County law enforcement agencies together for a countywide focus with the intention of making an impact on impaired drivers through enforcement, education, and media support.

The five regions in our county will be working together to deploy additional officers to increase DUI patrols and DUI checkpoints. In addition, Avoid the 30 intends to work with the media to promote the effects of drinking and driving with the aim of reducing major holiday DUI traffic collisions.

The goals of the countywide attention are to reduce the number and severity of under the influence related traffic collisions, to increase DUI arrests, and to educate the public on the tragic costs of driving under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs. Avoid the 30 will have a “zero” tolerance enforcement policy.

As of May 2008, more than 450 law enforcement agencies from 41 counties statewide have joined the Avoid program, bringing together officers from local Police departments, Sheriff, local CHP offices, Alcohol Beverage Control, and other special police districts.


Community Oriented Policing

The Indian Wells Police Department embraces the concept of Community-Oriented Policing. Community-Oriented Policing is a philosophy of full-service, personalized policing where the same officer is assigned to a specific geographical area on a permanent basis, working in a proactive partnership with citizens to identify and solve problems. The focus of Community-Oriented Policing is not simply on responding to crime, but on preventing crime and resolving community problems. The philosophy rests on the belief that the police and the community must work together as partners to solve the contemporary challenges faced in today's society. Community-oriented police officers are empowered with the autonomy and freedom to act as needed in order to implement and participate in community-based problem solving efforts. Officers work closely with other organizations and community groups to educate community members about potential hazards they may encounter and how to reduce the likelihood of becoming a victim of crime; to identify the problems, concerns and fears of community members; to identify and eliminate hazards that may promote crime or disorder; and to improve the overall quality of life in the community.


Special Enforcement Team

The Special Enforcement Team serves as an adjunct to the Patrol Division with an emphasis on providing enhanced patrol services in Indian Wells. The team currently consists of two Sergeants and twelve Deputies. Two of these Deputies are specifically assigned to serve in the City of Indian Wells.

The Special Enforcement Team actively investigates various crimes including burglaries, thefts, and other localized crimes. In addition to investigations, the Special Enforcement Team utilizes Community-Oriented Policing concepts in an effort to provide education and problem solving ideas to Indian Wells citizens. By functioning in these capacities, patrol officers are able to remain in the field and available for service calls.

The Special Enforcement Team also conducts specifically targeted enforcement programs to combat identified problems within the city. The Special Enforcement Team is also responsible for specialized enforcement and security for Indian Wells civic and community events, such as the tennis tournament and Desert Town Hall–Indian Wells lecture series.

As with all community-orientated programs, a good working relationship with those who live and work in these areas is essential for success. Please feel free to call Lieutenant Cobb Webb at (760) 836-1600, who can arrange for you to meet with the deputies working in your area.