Tuesday, May 31, 2016

County Leaders Award Senior Investigator Philip Suchowski 2016 Award for Excellence

Senior Investigator Phil Suchowski’s career in law enforcement spans two states and more than three decades. He began in 1978 as a police officer in Lake forest, Illinois. Later he worked as a police officer in Lincolnshire, Illinois. He moved to California, and in 1981 became a police officer with Amtrak in Los Angeles, promoting to the rank of Sergeant.

In 1986 he worked as a police officer with the Southern California Rapid Transit District, and in 1988 he joined the Fontana Police Department and worked as a police officer and detective for nineteen years. In 2007 Phil was hired as a senior investigator with the San Bernardino County District Attorney’s Bureau of investigation.

As a DA Investigator, Phil made it his goal to study terrorists and terrorism activity. He became an expert on the subject. He trained with the Joint Regional Intelligence Center (JRIC) and was certified as a Terrorism Liaison Officer (TLO). He worked closely with San Bernardino County Deputy District Attorney Kevin Smith, a well-known terrorism expert, to create the District Attorney’s TLO Program.

As the lead investigator, Phil helped train and certify other investigators, adding five more TLOs to the program. In 2012, Phil was honored by the International Footprint Association as Investigator of the Year.

In 2015, Phil was assigned to the District Attorney’s Morongo Basin Office in Joshua Tree. As the lone investigator in the office, Phil makes it a point to introduce himself to, and develop a relationship with law enforcement, military personnel and community groups in the region. He works closely with San Bernardino County Sheriff’s deputies, San Bernardino County Probation officers and California Highway Patrol officers in the area.

He established a working relationship with military personnel and agents aboard the 29-Palms Marine Corp Base; Judge Advocate General (JAG); Provost Marshall’s Office (PMO), and Naval Criminal Intelligence Service (NCIS). He developed a professional and personal relationship with leaders and members of local community groups; International Footprint Association and the Pelican Club. He meets and networks with those groups regularly and presents information about terrorists and terrorism, how to respond in an active shooter situation, and area crime problems.

In 2016, The District Attorney’s Office hosted the JRIC basic TLO Training and Certification course. Phil organized, coordinated and facilitated that training. Over sixty members of law enforcement, fire departments and the US military participated in the training, and gained TLO certification. Phil networks and trains regularly with JRIC, the FBI Joint Terrorism Task Force, the San Bernardino-Riverside Counties Terrorism Early Warning Group, the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Criminal Intelligence Division and other federal, state and county law enforcement agencies. As a subject matter expert, Phil presents training to DA staff on terrorists and terrorism, and how to respond in an active shooter situation.

Through his work and practices, Phil Suchowski has brought to life the San Bernardino Countywide Vision to “establish a forum to facilitate information sharing and discussion across all segments of public safety”; to “foster an environment that encourages shared resources and strategic planning for public safety programs and services as a high priority”; so that “those who reside and invest can prosper and achieve well-being.”

Friday, May 20, 2016

San Bernardino County Police Officer Memorial - 2016

President John F. Kennedy declared the first Peace Officers Memorial day on May 15, 1962, as a tribute to Peace Officers in honor of "those peace officers who, through their courageous deeds, have lost their lives or have become disabled in the performance of duty." And this day has been observed in our country annually since.

The Police Officer Memorial is a reminder that our everyday security does not come without a cost. We will never forget those who paid the ultimate sacrifice.

Hosted by the San Bernardino Police Department
Film produced by the San Bernardino County District Attorney's Office

Thursday, May 19, 2016

IN THE NEWS: Run for the Wall kicks off in Ontario

Motorcycle riders taking part in the “Run for the Wall” leave Ontario for  the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington D.C. on Wednesday.
Motorcycle riders taking part in the “Run for the Wall” leave Ontario for the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington D.C. on Wednesday. STAN LIM — STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER  
ONTARIO >> In an annual tribute to veterans, motorcyclists took off Wednesday for a 10-day journey to Washington, D.C.
They gathered in Ontario before riding to the Vietnam Veterans Memorial, a wall that lists the names of those who died in the war. The event, dubbed Run for the Wall, honors veterans’ service and sacrifice.
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ADDED NOTE: Supervising Deputy District Attorney Rick Young, who also served in the Army, will be participating in the 3,000 mile trek across the country in an effort to pay tribute to our nation's fallen soldiers and "ride for those who can't."

Friday, May 6, 2016

Public Service Announcement

Our office takes truancy very seriously. We know that it is often the “gateway” to juvenile delinquency and, later, more serious adult crime. Making sure that kids go to school and stay in school is very important because it is a pathway to future success.

To emphasize the point, we gave a camera and a few lights to a group of children and asked them to tell us what they want to be when they grow up.