Rialto Police Department News

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News Release - Lethal Force Encounter

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On Sunday, January 9, 2022, at about 1:10 p.m., the Rialto Police Department's Communication Center received multiple 9-1-1 calls regarding a man armed with a knife and whose hands were covered in blood. Officers arrived on scene and located the suspect at the entrance of a gas station. The suspect was found still armed with a knife and entered int...
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*LOCATED* News Release - Critical Missing Juvenile

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The Rialto Police Department is pleased to announce 13-year-old Elijah "Lucky" Bajza, who was reported missing on Saturday, Nov. 13th , has been located. At 12:27 PM on Thursday, Nov. 18th , after several days of around-the-clock investigation by our detective bureau, we were contacted by the San Bernardino Police Department who confirmed they had ...
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*UPDATE* News Release - Critical Missing Juvenile

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On Saturday, November 13, 2021, Rialto police officers responded to a report of a missing juvenile, identified as Elijah Bajza. Elijah is described as a 13-year-old male diagnosed with autism. The missing juvenile was last seen in his bed at 04:30 AM on Saturday, November 13, 2021. Rialto Police personnel and Detectives responded and are currently ...
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*CORRECTION* News Release - Lethal Force Encounter

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Synopsis: On Friday, October 22, 2021, at about 12:29 a.m., after observing a vehicle code violation, an officer from the Rialto Police Department conducted a traffic stop of a Chevrolet pick-up truck in the 100 Block of N. Encina Ave. During the initial contact, the suspect (driver) exited the vehicle, ignored the officer's commands to stop and fl...
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News Release - Chief's Statement For Arrest of Juvenile

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Rialto, California, February 15, 2022 -- The department is aware of an incident involving a 16-year-old female that occurred on February 11, 2022, at about 4:08 pm, in the area of Linden Ave., and Pinedale Ave., in the City of Rialto. The juvenile was stopped for riding an illegal street pocket bike and traveling at an unsafe speed on a residential...
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News Release - Sexual Battery on School Grounds

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Synopsis: On Wednesday, February 16, 2022, at approximately 6:30 PM, the Rialto Police Department was notified of a sexual battery that occurred at Carter High School. The initial report to police was that a 15-year-old female student had been sexually assaulted by a 17-year-old male student several times over the past three months. When detectives...
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*UPDATE* News Release - Sexual Battery on School Grounds

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Synopsis: On Wednesday, February 16, 2022, at approximately 6:30 PM, the Rialto Police Department was notified of a sexual battery that occurred at Carter High School. The initial report to police was that a 15-year-old female student had been sexually assaulted by a 17-year-old male student several times over the past three months. When detectives...
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News Release - Arrest of Lashay Grayes

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On Friday, February 25, 2022, at approximately 9:51 AM, the Rialto Police Department's Communication Center received a 9-1-1 call from staff at a medical clinic, stating they were scared and requesting officers respond to the location due to an adult female causing a disturbance. Download/View the news release for more information. File Name: arres...
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Rialto Police Policy Regarding Military Equipment Use

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On September 30, 2021, Governor Newsom signed Assembly Bill 481 ("AB 481"), which became effective on January 1, 2022. AB 481 stated goals are to provide legally enforceable safeguards to protect the public's welfare, safety, civil rights, and civil liberties before military equipment is funded, acquired, or used. BACKGROUND AB 481 was codified int...
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The Rialto Police Department and SWAG team up to address homelessness

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As homelessness increases nationally, the City of Rialto focused on solutions that are practical, compassionate, and effective. Rialto PD understands that there are deep-rooted issues that require expertise above and beyond the parameters of normal policing. Since June 1, 2020, Rialto PD has joined forces with the Social Work Action Group (SWAG), a...
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Teach Teen Drivers the Rules of the Road to Keep Them Safe

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National Teen Driver Safety Week is Oct. 18-24 Rialto, Calif. – This week (Oct. 18-24) is National Teen Driver Safety Week, and the Rialto Police Department is encouraging parents to discuss the importance of safe driving habits with their teens as newly licensed drivers. This week, and every week, we want parents to get involved with their teen's ...
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Welcome To Our New Website

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Welcome to the Rialto Police Department. I encourage you to spend some time with our newly designed website and to use it as a resource for assistance. The website was designed with you in mind and will assist in learning what we do and about the services we offer. It is truly an honor to once again represent the hard-working women and men of the R...
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