Wednesday, June 26, 2019

Annual Bureau of Investigation Scholarship Presentation and Employee Recognition Ceremony

On June 19th, the Investigators’ Association proudly sponsored the Annual Bureau of Investigation Scholarship Presentation and Employee Recognition Ceremony.  

Since 2000, the Investigators’ Association has provided over $12,000 in scholarship money to the immediate families of the association members.  This year, two scholarship recipients received $500 each.  The Association hopes to continue this tradition in giving back to the members for years to come.
Service Pins and Investigations Recognition:     Congratulations to all persons who were recognized for years of service and/or their dedication to providing quality investigative services.
Past Board Recognitions:
Duties of the association board is ancillary to their regular assignments and the association would be non-existent without the willingness to volunteer.  Thank you to the past board members for your willingness to volunteer!
Association Mission:
The Mission of the Association is; “to promote a better working environment and togetherness among the membership.”  The mission is upheld through hosting events such as this and supporting future events that bring our office together.
Again, congratulations to the scholarship recipients and to all those recognized for your hard work and dedication!   
As a reminder, our Office Barbeque will be held at Yucaipa Regional Park on September 14th.  Bring the family and enjoy the festivities.  RSVP by August 30th.

Tuesday, June 18, 2019

Special Olympics Torch Run


Several members of our office recently participated in the Special Olympics Torch Run. The Torch Run program began in 1981, when Wichita, Kansas Chief of Police Richard Lamunyon saw an urgent need to raise funds and increase awareness for Special Olympics. The idea of the Law Enforcement Torch Run program was to provide local law enforcement officers with opportunities to volunteer with Special Olympics in communities where the officers lived and worked.

In 1984, the International Association of Chiefs of Police endorsed Special Olympics as official charity through the Torch Run Program. With the IACP’s enthusiastic support and leadership, the Torch Run soon involved all facets of the law enforcement community. Today all 50 states and more than 35 countries have Torch Run programs.  The Torch Run is Special Olympics' largest grass-roots fundraiser.  Law Enforcement and athletes,
The Law Enforcement Torch Run (LETR) is Special Olympics’ largest grass-roots fundraiser and public awareness vehicle.  Law enforcement (the Guardians of the Flame) and athletes, run the Special Olympics “Flame of Hope” to events and competitions throughout the state to symbolize unity and inclusiveness.

Also Known as Guardians of the Flame, law enforcement members and Special Olympics athletes carry the “Flame of Hope” into Opening Ceremonies of local competitions. They also carry it into Special Olympics State, Provincial, National, Regional and World Games. There are over 97,000 law enforcement members that carry the “Flame of Hope” annually.
The Torch Run has grown over the years and now includes many fundraising platforms.  These platforms include:  Plane Pulls, Polar Plunges, Tip-A-Cops and more.  Since the beginning, LETR has raised over $600 million for Special Olympics programs. To learn more about LETR, visit

Thursday, June 6, 2019

Family Violence Unit Guilty Verdict

Julio Cesar Serrano, a parolee on an ankle monitor for serious felony convictions, was out of prison for only ten months before he murdered his girlfriend Martha Garcia.  Serrano met Martha at their workplace, and after a few months of dating, he discovered that she was married, and kicked her out of the trailer where they were living.  Despite telling his parole agent in the weeks before the murder that he was angry with Martha and worried that something might happen, and after being advised to stay away from her, Serrano kept seeing Martha.  The night before the murder, Serrano had Martha pick him up from his family’s home in Los Angeles and drive them back to their trailer in San Bernardino.  On the morning of the murder, Serrano brutally beat Martha, causing black eyes, a head injury, and knocking out her front teeth. He then stabbed Martha with a 12” knife over ten times before ultimately lodging the knife in her throat.  Martha died as a result.

At trial, the pathologist testified to each of the defensive wounds that Martha sustained, explaining how she fought back throughout the attack, despite having a collapsed lung.  Defendant then covered her body with a comforter, showered, and drove Martha’s car back to his family’s home in Los Angeles. There, he told his sister “I hurt Martha real bad.”  He said he was suicidal, and asked to go to the hospital, where physicians attended to the knife wound to his hand and an injured ankle.  At the hospital he admitted to law enforcement what he’d done, and just as he was about to be taken to the station, for the first time mentioned that “the voices made me do it.” 
Accordingly, Serrano entered pleas of Not Guilty and Not Guilty by Reason of Insanity, resulting in a two-phase trial.  The jury first returned a verdict of 1st degree murder during the guilt phase.  In the sanity phase, three experts testified regarding Defendant’s documented history of mental illness and their opinion regarding his mental state at the time of the killing.  The defense called one retained defense expert as well as a court-appointed expert who opined that Serrano was insane at the time of the killing.  Another court appointed psychologist testified for the People opining that while Serrano suffered from an unspecified mental illness, he had been sane at the time he killed Martha.  Serrano opted not to take the stand to testify on his own behalf.  The jury returned a quick verdict finding the defendant sane at the time of the murder.  
The case was prosecuted by San Bernardino DDA Jennifer Carrillo.  The verdict would not have been made possible without the help of the San Bernardino Police Department and investigating officer Detective Joshua Cunningham, as well as DA Investigator Amanda Holloway, Victim Advocate Claudia Coronado, and Investigative Technician Andrea Singleton.