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Captain David Teets, Incoming Colorado River Station Commander


August 2, 2017

Captain David Teets

BLYTHE, Calif – Sheriff Stan Sniff has announced that Captain David Teets will take command of the Colorado River Station effective August 3, 2017, replacing Captain Matthew Jimenez, who was transferred to the Court Services Division in Indio as part of a series of routine transfers for command level personnel.

Captain Teets joined the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department in 1997. As a new Deputy Sheriff, his initial assignment was to our Sheriff’s Court Services Division, and his job was to provide courtroom security at the downtown Family Law Courthouse in Riverside.

In 1999, Captain Teets was transferred to the Hemet Station and assigned to uniformed patrol duties. In 2003, he was promoted to the rank of Corporal at the Hemet Station and assigned to the station’s investigations unit where he investigated various crimes and oversaw the enforcement program for sex, drug, and arson registrants.

In 2005, Captain Teets was promoted to the rank of Investigator and assigned to the Special Investigations Bureau (SIB), a unit handling sensitive countywide investigations for the Sheriff’s Department.

The following year, Captain Teets was promoted to the rank of Sergeant and assigned to the narcotics enforcement team within SIB. During his tenure as a Sergeant in the narcotics unit over 5 years, Captain Teets supervised intelligence analysts, the Asset Forfeiture Unit, the Highway Drug Interdiction Team, and the Narcotics/Clandestine Lab Unit.

In 2011, Captain Teets was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant and transferred to the Palm Desert Station. During his tenure at the Palm Desert Station, Captain Teets held assignments within the patrol bureau, investigations bureau, and the station’s administrative services unit. He also served as the Assistant Chief of Police for the City of Rancho Mirage, where he worked closely with the city manager’s office.

In 2014, Captain Teets he was transferred to Sheriff’s Administration in Riverside as the Administration Lieutenant where he oversaw the Department’s Media Information Bureau (MIB), Special Events, the Concealed Weapons Unit (CCW), and Administrative Support Services for the Office of the Sheriff.

In 2015, Captain Teets was promoted to the rank of Captain by Sheriff Stan Sniff and initially assigned command of the Indio and Blythe Jails. In 2016, he was transferred to the Palm Desert Station, where he simultaneous served as the police chief for the cities of Palm Desert, Rancho Mirage, and Indian Wells. 

At the Colorado River Station, Captain Teets will serve the unincorporated communities within the Palo Verde Valley as well as several Colorado River communities that fall within tribal lands administered by the Colorado River Indian Tribe (CRIT).

Captain Teets is married with three sons, two of which are active duty military, and has spent nearly all his life in Riverside County. Captain Teets holds a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Criminal Justice Administration and is in the process of relocating to a home along the Colorado River.


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