Rialto PD Honors The Fallen NY Officers


Rialto Police Benefit Association & Jet Blue made it possible for two of Rialto’s Finest to honor Officer LIU & Officer RAMOS who were gunned down in their squad car in NY City.

As you will see in the paragraph from the Rialto PD Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/RialtoPD Corporal Cunningham & Officer Pulido are members of the Rialto PD Honor Guard. Honor Guard members are versed in the proper rituals when presenting at any public event and especially funerals. Also both men are wonderful Rialto Police staff and Cpl. Cunningham is the two time winner of the battle of the badges Chilli Cook Off held at the Annual National Night Out event every August.

“On December 27, 2014, two of our Honor Guard Members, Corporal Gary Cunningham and Officer Javier Pulido attended the service of New York Police Officer Rafael Ramos. We would like to thank JetBlue and RPBA for sponsoring the trip and making it possible to show our support for our fallen brothers in Blue.

Our thoughts and prayers are with NYPD and the families of the fallen officers.”



Corporal Gary Cunningham and Officer Javier Pulido standing in a NY subway with two of New Yorks Finest


Corporal Gary Cunningham and Officer Javier Pulido dressed in their Honor Guard uniforms.


NY Police Department Badge


Local Leader Says “Time To Act Is Now”

In all of the turmoil since the latest officer involved actions in 2014 one local leader calls for his colleagues and the media to ACT NOW in response to the rise in the war on police officers in the united states. Councilman Shawn O’Connell from the city of Rialto penned a statement that will make you think about the men and women that keep us safe in this country. (See Below)


I agree with Councilman O’Connell and wish people would take a step back and help our police. When our police feel supported and understood they feel more comfortable to do their jobs extremely well. Also the trend of holding court on the street with a cop is a poor choice. Police officers are not the lawyers, judges or jury they are a protection and information source for our legal system. As community leaders and media sources we need to do more than a simple call for calm and turn down the rhetoric.


Applicants for new Rialto Historical Preservation Commission sought

Candidates for Rialto’s newly established Historical Preservation Commission are being sought by the city.

The five-member commission will make recommendations concerning the designation, preservation, protection, enhancement, and perpetuation of these historical, and cultural resources which contribute to the culture and aesthetic values of Rialto.

It is very important to preserve the deep history that is here in Rialto. This is most important as the Route 66 comission recently put out a survey asking people to rate the top historical spots on the Mother Road and the only Rialto type mention were the Tee Pees that were labled in San Bernardino.

Applicants should fill out the application on line at http://www.rialtoca.gov and submit it and a resume to City Clerk’s Office, 290 W. Rialto Ave., Rialto 92376. Information: 909-820-2519

Santa Flys Into Sunrise Church In Rialto

This coming Saturday December 20th Santa Claus will be flying in on a helicopter to greet the children of the IE. His fly in will be at Sunrise Church on Ayala & Riverside Ave at 2pm. (See flyer below)


City of Rialto Holiday Parade and Fair

Rialto Parade Holiday

The Holiday Parade begins at 10:00 am, Saturday, December 13th. Starting at Bloomington Av. and Riverside Ave. traveling south on Riverside Ave towards Rialto City Park. Enjoy the Musical Performance, Vendor Fair and Snow at Rialto City Park following the parade.


Rialto Residents – Sand Bags Available Now

With our first winter storm quickly approaching, Rialto residents can obtain sand bags at three locations within the City. *** You will need to bring your own shovels *** Sand and bags are provided by the City of Rialto.

Location 1: 246 S. Willow Avenue, Public Works Facility

Location 2: 1550 N. Ayala Avenue, Fire Station 3

Location 3: 3288 N. Alder, Fire Station 4

For additional information or questions contact Rialto Public Works (909) 820-2602.

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Coffee With The Chief December

Come out to the final Coffee With The Chief from 8am-9am at Coffee Nutzz in Rialto on Foothill Blvd. Coffee With The Chief is an awesome opportunity to get information from the Cities Top Cop and ask questions of the Chief and his command staff. No matter what your connection is to Rialto your invited. Live, work, play or go to school here your welcome it is one of the best ways to connect with local law enforcement.

Coffee Chieif last q 2014

Last City Council Meeting of 2014

Well 2014 came and went pretty quick. It was a year that was full of tasty tid bits that promise to carry over into 2015 and beyond.

Tuesday’s meeting will include the following:

Swearing in of a new council member – Ed Scott

Presentations from the following groups:

1. International Association of Chiefs of Police/Motorola Webber-  Seavey Award for Quality in Law Enforcement-Police Chief Tony Farrar

2. Presentation-Rialto Firefighters Breast Cancer Awareness Donations and Impact-Fire Captain Matt Blanco

3. Presentation-Rialto Community Coalition-Michael Townsend

(This presentation will be a update on the Rialto Community Coalition’s highly successful #Sober Skater event)



4. Resolution Recognizing Retirement-Rialto Board President

Joanne T. Gilbert-Mayor Deborah Robertson

The tab items include Easements, Grant writing, Sale of land approval for a Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf and Approving the next year of the Security Guard Contract.


Interview with Rialto PD SCAT Sgt

Three weeks ago rialto Police released a Press Realease on a major sweep they did that targeted tagging crews in the City of Rialto. We wanted to get some first hand knowlwdge from a source close to the investigation so we reached out to Rialto Sgt. Andy Shrouds.

Which crew was responsible?

We do not release the name of the tagging crew because that is exactly what they desire; the publicity. If we were to release the name, then they would gain notoriety and status within the tagging community.

What portions of the city were their tags most widely done?

The vast majority of the tagging has taken place in the central portion of the city. Along Foothill Blvd. between Pepper and Cactus, and north and south from Baseline to Merrill.

What other agencies or resources were uses to make these arrests (school district, local businesses, community)?

We had manpower assistance from the San Bernardino County Probation Department in the form of 8 officers. We also acquired valuable intelligence from  Rialto Unified School District Safety Officers.

Can you speak to recent issues where graffiti was not removed even though it was called in?

I have not personally heard of any instance where graffiti was not removed if it was called in, bet then again, we are not responsible for the removal of graffiti.

Rails to Trails Update

Hello Rialto Now fans and readers. A few weeks ago we posted an article about Rialto’s portion of the Rails to Trails project. We had hard questions about safety and ability to properly maintain the space without letting it look like other common walkways that have been known to become litter and grafitti filled. Well we had a meeting with Lt. Andy Karol & Lt. Bill Wilson and we learned alot about the dedication and attention this project will get.

First off we used stats from http://www.crimemapping.com we did this because at meetings with neighborhood watch captains in the recent past we were told that this was a good way to get a idea of what is going on around you. Well in our meeting we found out that these stats are far from acurate and most of the time change once officers arrive on scene and investigate a call the outcome is diffrent than what was logged on the crime mapping website. We were given reassurances that the grafitti was not a common issue and would be removed right away. When asked why it took so long to remove we were told that the graffiti was left up as a investigative tool to obtain information used to effect a large amount of arrests tied to tagging crews in the Rialto Area.

See our interview with Sgt. Shrouds here: http://wp.me/p1Otmn-zo

Crime isn’t perfect in that area but it has gotten better with the city cleaning up and taking over multiple low income housing areas. With the passing of the new tank farm fuel storage tax that will bring in additional revenues that the city can use to increase safety and security in the area. Talks include stronger partnerships with RUSD public safety department and bringing the sworn bike patrol back.

Long story short the Police Department is dedicated to making Rialto a safe place to live, work and play.

On the issue with the access to the schools we agreed to disagree. Apparently RUSD hired former Rialto Police Lt. Joe Cirilo to give the district a idea of where they are weak and strong in their safety and public safety. This causes me to ask who brokered this deal because our interactions with Joe Cirilo were nothing positive and many times he acted more like a bully than a public servant.