Chief David Dominguez (Ret.)


Chief David G. Dominguez was a police officer in the Inland Empire, San Bernardino and Riverside counties for 33 years. While with the San Bernardino Sheriff’s Department, Chief Dominguez worked corrections, patrol, investigations, and training, reaching the rank of Sergeant. During this time, he supervised a Gang Unit, Detective Bureau and a Community Policing Team, gaining valuable experience and insight within a large progressive County Sheriff’s Department.

In 1994, Chief Dominguez was hired by the Riverside Police Department as a Lieutenant. This was the first time within the history of the organization that command personnel were recruited from outside the organization to implement change. While at the Riverside Police Department, Chief Dominguez worked virtually every management assignment, eventually promoting to Deputy Chief of Police in 2003. As second-in-command, Chief Dominguez had day-to-day management oversight of department operations and administration. In 1998, the Riverside Police Department was put under a five year “Stipulated Judgement” by the California Attorney General. This consent decree mandated numerous changes within the organization dealing with but not limited to; use of force training and reporting, community engagement, data reporting on citizen contacts, recruitment and selection of personnel to reflect the demographics of the community, management accountability program (MAP), expansion of the community policing programs and decentralization of operational programs to enhance crime reduction. Chief Dominguez, along with other department personnel, was responsible for the research, design and implementation of the tasks within the stipulated judgement. In 2003, the California Attorney General released the Riverside Police Department from the Stipulated Judgement indicating the organization had met and exceeded all mandated requirements.

In 2008, Chief Dominguez was appointed the Chief of Police for the City of Palms Springs, CA. During this time, Chief Dominguez provided senior leadership within the city and the organization during some very challenging fiscal years. Chief Dominguez implemented several programs within the department that reduced crime over a four year period, including leadership development, data driven analytics, and development/revision of the community policing programs. Chief Dominguez received the “Freedom Fund” public safety award in 2008 from the NAACP for leadership in the community. Chief Dominguez is a graduate of the Senior Management Institute of Police (SMIP) from the John F. Kennedy Government Center at Harvard University and the Supervisory Leadership Institute in California. Chief Dominguez possesses a Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice and a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from California State University Fullerton.

Chief Dominguez is past President of the California Peace Officers’ Association, (CPOA), the Riverside County Law Enforcement Administrators Association and Vice President of the Riverside County Chiefs of Police. Chief Dominguez is a member of the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP), California Police Chiefs Association (CPCA) and Peace Officers Research Association (PORAC).