Chino Police Department

Click on the names below to read a biography of our Command Staff members.

 

Chief Miles Pruitt began his career with the Chino Police Department in 1983 when he was hired as a Reserve Police Officer. He attended Saddle Back Reserve Police Academy in Orange County. In 1985, he was hired as a full time officer and attended the 81 st class of the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Academy.

After graduation from the police academy, Miles was assigned to Patrol. In 1990, he was promoted to the rank of Corporal and was subsequently assigned to the Detective Bureau, where he worked a variety of different assignments, including, burglary, robbery, gang investigations and homicide. In 1995, Miles was assigned to the Gang Enforcement Detail, which entailed working street level gang enforcement as well as conducting investigations into gang related crimes of violence.

In 1996, Miles was promoted to the rank of Sergeant and was assigned to Patrol as a Field Supervisor. In 1998, he was assigned to supervise the newly formed Problem Oriented Policing Unit. Miles also served as Team Leader on the S.W.A.T. Team for two years. In 2004, Miles was assigned to supervise the Technical Services Unit and was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant in 2005. He served as the Patrol Watch Commander until January of 2007, when he was assigned to oversee the Professional Standards and Background Units. Miles was promoted to the rank of Captain in 2007 and was assigned to manage the Operations Division. In January 2009, Miles was assigned to manage the Support Services Division.

In November 2009, Miles was appointed as the Chief of Police.

Miles has been married to his wife Sally for 22 years and has two sons. His oldest son, Wesley, is in the Air Force and his younger son, Robert, is an infantry soldier in the Army.

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Captain Karen Comstock began her career with the Chino Police Department in 1985 as a Police Explorer. Karen worked for the City of Chino as a Cadet and as a Reserve Officer until she was hired as a Police Officer in October of 1990. She is a graduate of the 102nd Session of the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Academy.

Captain Comstock has served as a Police Officer, Field Training Officer, Patrol Supervisor, Detective Bureau Supervisor, and was a member of the Crisis Negotiations Team. She has also worked as a Detective in the Criminal Investigations Bureau and in the Background Investigation Unit assisting with the recruitment and selection of all police department employees. Captain Comstock has served as a Team Leader and as the Commander of the department’s Mobile Field Force Team. She was also assigned to the Professional Standards Unit where she conducted internal investigations and supervised the operations of the Evidence Unit.

Captain Comstock was raised in Chino. She attended Doris Dickson Elementary, Ramona Junior High, and is a graduate from Don Antonio Lugo High School. Karen has a bachelor’s degree in Business Management from the University of Phoenix and holds a master’s degree in Organizational Management. Captain Comstock is also a graduate of the Sherman Block Supervisory Leadership Institute, Class #148.

Karen was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant in January of 2007 and promoted to the rank of Captain in November of 2009. She enjoys spending time with her family, playing tennis, surfing, and jogging.

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Captain Matt Jones began his law enforcement career in 1986 with the Chino Police Department. He attended the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Academy class # 85. Upon graduation, he was assigned to the Patrol Division where he also worked as a Field Training Officer.

In 1989, Matt began specializing in the field of narcotics investigation. He was first assigned to the Chino/Montclair Vice and Narcotics task force. In 1991, he transitioned to the Department of Justice task force located in Riverside where he served as an investigator assigned to major narcotics investigations. In 1994, Matt was promoted to the rank of Corporal and continued to work as a narcotics investigator until 1995 when he returned to Patrol.

In 1996, Matt was re-assigned to the newly formed Chino Police Department Narcotics / Gang Team. Later that year, the San Bernardino County West End Narcotics Task Force (WESTNET) was created and Matt was chosen as an original member.

Matt returned to Patrol in 1997. In 1998, Matt was assigned to work the Problem Oriented Policing Unit. In 2000, the Chino Police Department Impact Team was developed and Matt was assigned as the unit supervisor working Special Problems and Gang Enforcement.

Matt was promoted to Sergeant in 2005 and was reassigned to Patrol. As a Sergeant, Matt also supervised the Criminal Investigation Bureau. In July of 2008, Matt was promoted to Lieutenant and transferred to Patrol where he served as a Watch Commander. As a Lieutenant, Matt also supervised the Professional Standards Unit and most recently, the Special Enforcement Bureau.

Matt was promoted to Captain in May of 2011 where he is currently assigned as the Operations Division Commander. Matt is a graduate of the Sherman Block Leadership Institute and holds a bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice. Matt and his wife Sheila have 4 children and 3 grandchildren.

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Lieutenant Keith Bussard, a 19-year Chino Police Department veteran, was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant on Sept. 20, 2007.

Lt. Bussard began his employment with the Chino Police Department as an officer in 1988. He was promoted to Corporal in 1994 and served five years in the Detective Bureau working child abuse, robbery and homicide cases. He was also assigned to the Training Unit for one year. He became a Sergeant in the Patrol Bureau in 2000 and worked as a field supervisor and watch commander. In January of 2005 he became a supervisor in the Detective Bureau. In January of 2006 he was transferred to the Professional Standards Unit in the Office of the Chief. In 2007 Lt. Bussard was assigned to supervise the Training Unit and worked there until his promotion. Currently, Lt. Bussard is assigned to the Criminal Investigations Bureau and oversees the Records Unit.

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Lieutenant Jeff Allison began his law enforcement career in 1983 as a Reserve Police Officer for the City of Chino. He joined the Department as a full time Police Officer in 1985 as was assigned to the Patrol Bureau.

He was promoted to the rank of Corporal in 1994 and over the next several years worked various assignments including Patrol, Traffic Investigations, Detective and the Background Unit.

Jeff became a Sergeant in 2001 and was a Patrol Supervisor and Watch Commander. He also supervised the Criminal Investigations Bureau and the Training and Backgrounds Unit.

He was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant in January 2008 and assumed responsibility for several areas of the department. He currently oversees the Administrative Services Bureau which includes the Department’s records functions, vehicle fleet, personnel training, technology programs and facility projects.

Jeff is a 2005 graduate of the Sherman Block Supervisory Leadership Institute, Class #188. He has been a member of the Department’s Crisis Negotiations Team for over 15 years and recently assumed command duties for the team’s operation. He also supervises the Mounted Enforcement Team and the Chino Police Mounted Posse.

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Lt. Wes Simmons began his career at the Chino Police Department in 1995 after graduating from the Fullerton College Police Academy, Class #7.

During his career, Wes has served in numerous assignments as a Field Training Officer, SWAT Team Operator, member of the Problem Oriented Policing Team, a Corporal and a Detective. As a Supervisor, Wes worked in Field Services, Backgrounds, and Professional Standards.

Prior to starting at the Chino Police Department, Wes attended the California State University at Fullerton where he earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice. He later returned to school, and, in 2001, he earned his Master of Arts Degree in Organizational Management from the University of Phoenix.  

Lieutenant Wes Simmons is currently assigned to the Professional Standards Unit. In addition, Wes is also privileged to be the administrator of the Department’s Volunteer Police Chaplaincy Program and a Leader on the Department’s Mobile Field Force Team.  Wes thanks the City and Department leaders for allowing him to serve the community in this capacity.

Wes is married to his beautiful wife of 13 years and they have two daughters. He has lived most of his life in the Inland Empire and is active in the community volunteering at his church as well as his daughters’ school. He enjoys spending time with his family, running, and riding his motorcycle.

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Lieutenant Michael Florentine started his law enforcement career as a Police Officer in 1987, in the City of Bell Gardens He has been with the City of Chino since 1989. Mike worked as a patrol officer and was a member of the department SWAT Team.

In August of 1994, Mike was promoted to the rank of Police Corporal, assigned to patrol and subsequently served seven years in the Detective Bureau; working Fraud, Child Abuse, Robbery and Homicide cases. Mike was promoted to the rank of Sergeant in April 2003 and assigned to patrol, working as a Field Supervisor and Watch Commander.

In September 2006 he was transferred to the Criminal Investigations Unit, supervising detectives and special enforcement teams. Mike returned to the Patrol Division in March 2009 working as a dayshift supervisor, until his promotion to Lieutenant, July 10, 2009. He is currently assigned to patrol, as a Watch Commander.

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Lieutenant Chris Van Arsdell began his career with the Chino Police Department in 1984 as a Police Explorer. Chris worked for the City of Chino as a Cadet and as a Reserve Officer until he was hired as a Police Officer in July of 1988. He is a graduate of the 93rd Session of the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Academy. Chris worked patrol, was a Field Training Officer and a Narcotics Investigator.

Chris was promoted to the rank of Corporal in 2002 and over the next several years worked Patrol and was a member of the Community Impact Team. He became a Sergeant in 2004 and over the next five years worked as a Patrol Supervisor and Traffic Services Supervisor. He was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant in December of 2009 and was assigned to Field Services.

Chris is a 2009 graduate of the Sherman Block Supervisory Leadership Institute, Class #260.

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