Commander Rachel Tolber


Rachel Tolber has worked for the Redlands Police Department since 1998 and is currently a Commander in charge of both the Patrol Services and Community Services Bureaus. Over the last 22 years, she has worked patrol, served as a field-training officer and a special victim’s detective, supervised the Investigations Bureau, and worked as the Professional Standards Sergeant.

Commander Tolber has received civic recognitions and honors for her leadership, work, and service. She was instrumental in creating the Police and Corrections Team (PACT) and spearheaded the Citizen Volunteer Park Rangers for the City of Redlands. Tolber also served as an Executive Intern to the Redlands City Manager, where she helped lead policy and strategic initiatives adopted and implemented by city executives.

Commander Tolber received her bachelor’s degree from the University of Redlands, California, in 1998. She received a Masters in Criminology, Law and Society from the University of California, Irvine in 2006. In 2011, she received a Masters in Applied Criminology and Police Management from the University of Cambridge, United Kingdom. During her course of study at the University of Cambridge, Commander Tolber examined the feasibility of conducting a randomized control trial to test restorative justice among the parole population in Redlands, California.

Commander Tolber currently serves on the San Bernardino Sexual Assault Services Board, the COMPACT Steering Committee, and the Redlands Sunrise Rotary Club as a board member. She is a founding member and current Treasurer of the American Society of Evidence-Based Policing and a recent graduate of the National Institute of Justice’s LEADS Scholar Program.