Lieutenant Kevin Townsend, MPA

Kevin Townsend is a Lieutenant with the Riverside (CA) Police Department. Riverside is 81 square miles and has a population of 324,000. Kevin’s prior assignments include patrol officer, field training officer, and parole/probation team. His detective assignments were in burglary, auto theft and gangs, during which Kevin wrote an 85-page gang ‘association’ warrant and participated in numerous undercover operations. He received a community award for being officer of the year in 2007 and was named detective of the year in 2009. He was a patrol sergeant, detective sergeant, and personnel sergeant. Kevin was a member of the police association’s board of directors for five years. As a Lieutenant, Kevin has worked as a patrol Watch Commander and Personnel Lieutenant. In May 2016, Kevin was named ‘Area Commander’ for one of the police department’s areas/districts; his area is about 17 square miles with an approximate population of 102,000. Kevin is tasked with managing community policing efforts, connecting with civic groups and government for crime prevention, and problem solving at the local level. He works to identify and address crime trends and neighborhood issues, develop partnerships, and align all available resources to reduce crime and increase livability in his assigned area. Kevin is a graduate of Supervisory Leadership Institute (SLI), has a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice, and a Master of Public Administration (MPA) degree.

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