Paul J Capraro, Chief of Police
Paul Capraro was hired as a Police Officer Recruit in 1988 and was sworn-in as a Police Officer in 1989. He was promoted to the rank of Senior Police Officer in 1993. In 1997, he achieved the rank of Police Sergeant, Lieutenant in 2006, Captain in 2010, and Assistant Police Chief in 2011. In March of 2014, he reached his ultimate goal of becoming the Chief of Police. During his career, he has worked a multitude of assignments including but not limited to SWAT, Crime Prevention, supervisor over Patrol, Detective Bureau, Training, K-9 Unit, Youth Services Unit, Homicide, and Gangs. As a Captain, he oversaw the Investigative Services and Operations Divisions. Chief Capraro is a member of Rotary.
Michael Olivieri, Jr. began his employment with the department as a Recruit, and then Police Officer in 1990. He promoted to Corporal in 2001 and Sergeant in 2006. Olivieri moved up to the rank of Lieutenant in 2010, and Captain in 2012. In 2014, he was promoted to his current position of Deputy Chief. Olivieri has served as a supervisor in Patrol, Traffic, Special Operations, overseeing the K9 Unit, the Neighborhood Enforcement Team, Community Programs, and Press Relations. He spent many years in the Traffic Bureau and became specialized in the department’s Major Accident Investigation Team as an accident reconstructionist. As a Captain, Olivieri served as the Operations Division Commander. Olivieri is a member of the Pomona Kiwanis.
Richelle Baptista began her career with the City of Pomona in 1986 as a Public Service Technician for the Police Department. In 1997, Richelle promoted to the position of Code Compliance Inspector. In 2002, she accepted a position at City Hall as a Housing Inspector, and in 2004 became the City’s Family Self Sufficiency Coordinator. In 2007, Richelle was selected as Police Services Administrator, which is the Police Department’s first civilian division commander position. Richelle currently oversees the Records Bureau, Jail, Dispatch Center, Property & Evidence, Budget Management Unit, Communications System Support Unit, and Facility Maintenance. Richelle is a member of the Pomona Kiwanis.
Michael Ellis has been with the Pomona Police Department since 1998. Ellis worked at the Orange County Sheriff’s Department for one year prior to coming to Pomona. Ellis promoted to Corporal in 2003 and Sergeant in 2007. He achieved the rank of Lieutenant in 2010 and Captain in 2012. Ellis was instrumental in developing the Police Department’s Downtown PBID Unit, which services the downtown area of the city. He has also worked in the Police Department’s Patrol Division, K9 Unit, Youth Services Unit, Crime Prevention Unit and the School Resource Officer Program. He is a graduate of the Delinquency Control Institute at the University of Southern California and is currently working on completing his Bachelor’s Degree. Michael is also a member of the Pomona Optimist’s Club, which is a service organization dedicated to the city’s youth. Captain Ellis served as the division commander of the Investigative Services Division, and currently the Operations Division.
Hector Rodriguez began his career at the Pomona Police Department as an Explorer Scout and later was sworn-in as a Police Officer in 1990. He was promoted to the rank of Police Investigator in 1994, Sergeant in 2005, and Lieutenant in 2014. During his career, Rodriguez has worked a number of assignments including patrol, Major Crimes Task Force, Major narcotics Unit, Gang Unit, SWAT Team, and L.A. IMPACT. He supervised the SWAT Team, L.A. IMPACT, and the Detective Bureau. In 2016, he was promoted to the rank of Captain and is currently assigned as the Patrol and Operations Division Command.