MENIFEE – The Menifee Police Department and Chief Pat Walsh added additional personnel recently to his executive team, preparing for the department’s launch July 1.
Lt. Abigail Valle
Walsh chose one more lieutenant to round out his team. Lt. Abigail Valle joins Lt. Denise Keith and Lt. Heriberto “Eddie” Gutierrez. Valle comes to Menifee with a 16-year history in law enforcement with the Huntington Park Police Department. Her experience ranges from gang task force operations, gang suppression task force, undercover narcotic take-downs, patrol, investigations bureau, field training officer, public information officer, youth counselor and at-risk youth programming, crisis negotiation team, Special Weapons and Tactics, mental health evaluations team, and she was responsible for new recruits and hiring new personnel.
Valle is a graduate of the Sherman Block Supervisory Leadership Institute, and holds a master’s degree in organizational leadership from Woodbury University and a bachelor’s degree in communications with an emphasis in public relations and a minor in English from California State University Fullerton. She has been married for 11 years to a police officer, and they have three children.
“We are excited to have Lt. Valle join the police department team and family,” Walsh said. “Valle has hit the ground running and has already proven to be a critical part of the team making strides in assisting the team with gearing up for key programs that the department will roll out when we start in July.”
Support services manager Danita Robertson
Walsh also added to his executive cabinet Danita Robertson as support services manager. She began her law enforcement career as a police records specialist at the Santa Ana Police Department 23 years ago and spent of those 18 years in a supervisory capacity. Robertson established protocols in record management and audits conducted by the California Department of Justice, purchase requisitions, contracts and annual budgeting.
Robertson holds a bachelor’s degree in law and society from the University of California Santa Barbara. In 2015, she earned her master’s degree in public administration with an emphasis in management and leadership from California State University Northridge, graduating summa cum laude.
Robertson joins nine new sergeants to round out the Menifee Police Department’s executive team.
“The entire team is already working on key target milestones together, and look forward to the rest of the force joining the team in a few weeks,” Walsh said. “This is a career dream to be able to have your whole team train together and to be able to select every position to build a top-notch department from the ground up – this is remarkable.”
Sgt. Raul Perez
Sgt. Raul Perez began his law enforcement career over 23 years ago with the Santa Ana Police Department as a supply and evidence specialist. In 2007, Perez joined the Montclair Police Department serving as a patrol officer, field training officer, crime suppression officer, property crimes detective and crimes against persons detective.
In January 2015, Perez was promoted to patrol sergeant. Aside from watch commander duties, Perez supervised the mobile field force team and the field training program. Perez graduated with his master’s degree in emergency services administration and a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice from California State University Fullerton. He has been married to his wife for 15 years, and they have two children.
Sgt. Paul Barbieri
Sgt. Paul Barbieri began his career in law enforcement 19 years ago, starting out with the Los Alamitos Police Department. He served in various positions including explorer adviser, field training officer, detective and mobile command post operator. Barbieri promoted to corporal and then sergeant, where he has been assigned to patrol for the past five years and has received several awards of acknowledgement and commendation for his leadership, commitment and involvement in the community. Barbieri holds a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice from California State University Fullerton. He and his wife, and their children, reside in Murrieta.
Sgt. Corey Cox
Sgt. Corey Cox began his law enforcement career with the Lompoc Police Department in July 2005 after graduating from the Allan Hancock Police Academy. During his career, Cox has served in patrol, investigations and administration. As ancillary duties, Cox was the tactical commander for the SWAT team, a firearms instructor, Taser instructor and less lethal munitions instructor.
Cox was also part-time faculty for the last seven years at the Allan Hancock Police Academy where he was responsible for the firearms and Taser training for recruits.
He earned his master’s degree in leadership and management and a bachelor’s degree in business management.
Sgt. Daniel Higgins
Sgt. Daniel Higgins started his law enforcement career in 2001 working as a military police officer airborne. Being deployed in Afghanistan for 10 months, Iraq for one year and a year in South Korea, Higgins left the military with an honorable discharge as a sergeant. In 2007, Higgins joins the Oakland Police Department and worked as an intelligence officer in high crime areas and utilizing technology to identify felony suspects, earning the captain’s accommodation for his work.
Higgins served as a field training officer, and in 2017 promoted to sergeant. As a sergeant, he oversaw use of force reporting, vehicle pursuits and internal affairs. Higgins holds a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice and organization management and holds his advanced POST certification. He is married with four children, and they have relocated to the Menifee area.
Sgt. Christina Reveles
Sgt. Christina Reveles began her career in law enforcement in 2003, joining the Cerritos College Police Department as a community safety officer. In 2007, Reveles graduated from the Los Angeles Police Department Academy as an LAPD police officer and worked several patrol divisions across the city, including South Traffic Division as a collision investigator. During her tenure at LAPD, she worked as a drug recognition expert instructor and was responsible for investigating collisions often involving drivers under the influence of drugs and/or alcohol. Reveles teaches various driving under the influence and DRE courses for department employees and surrounding allied agencies.
In 2017, Reveles was promoted to sergeant and was assigned as a field supervisor serving as the officer in charge of the DRE unit, overseeing all DUI/DRE related training courses for the department. She was transferred to the Internal Affairs Administration, Investigations Division as a supervisor investigator. Reveles holds an associate degree in criminal justice and resides in Menifee.
Sgt. Aaron Drootin
Sgt. Aaron Drootin began his law enforcement career 21 years ago as a deputy sheriff in Orange County. Transferring to the Orange Police Department in 2004 and having served the city of Orange for 12 years, Drootin worked in the patrol and detective divisions. His assignments included special enforcement detail investigator, narcotics detective and sex registrant/career criminal detective. Drootin was also a field training officer and a member of the SWAT team. Drootin holds a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice management. In 2016, Drootin transferred to the Murrieta Police Department where he served as a field training officer, defensive tactics instructor and was a member of the inaugural community policing team.
Sgt. Jason Adams
Sgt. Jason Adams joins the department from Baldwin Park Police Department where for the past 12 years he worked as a patrol officer, gang detective, organized crime activity, general detective bureau and is a recognized gang expert. His direct experience allowed him opportunities to become an experienced search warrant author, community events, volunteer, SWAT team member – intelligence, robotics, command post lead, Bearcat operator – and successful court witness for state and federal trials.
Under his tenure, he oversaw the implementation of annual events such as National Night Out, Backpacks for Kids, Coffee with Cops, Christmas with Cops and the formation of the Baldwin Park Business Association. Adams and his wife of 19 years have two children together, and they enjoy camping and traveling.
Sgt. Chris Carrino
Sgt. Chris Carrino started his tenure in law enforcement 10 years ago working for the San Diego Police Department, and eventually he promoted laterally over to the Chino Police Department. Working as a patrol officer for the past nine years, Carrino was assigned to the special enforcement team as a special investigator. In 2015, he was assigned as a narcotics investigator where his primary responsibility was the investigation and enforcement of narcotics related activities which also included postal interdiction.
Being promoted to corporal in November 2016, Carrino was assigned to the detective bureau. As a detective, he investigated all types of persons and property related crimes, and in December 2019, he was assigned to the background investigations unit.
Carrino has held multiple ancillary assignments to include being a grenadier on the mobile field force team, a member of the bike patrol team, a department instructor in the less lethal, tactics and academics, a Taser master instructor, use of force expert and principled policing instructor. Carrino was also the president of the Chino Police Officer’s Foundation which is a nonprofit organization that supports youth and families in need throughout the community.
Sgt. Matthew Bloch
Sgt. Matthew Bloch joins the Menifee Police Department family as a seven-year law enforcement veteran and a U.S. Navy veteran. While in the Navy, he worked as a master-at-arms, which is the military police. He was a nuclear weapons security specialist and detention guard in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. After serving in the U.S. Navy, he worked at the West Valley Detention Center, and most recently, the Chino Police Department where he worked as a patrol officer and motor officer. He held multiple collateral duties such as a collision investigator, drug recognition expert and was a member of the mobile field force team, peer support team and the Police Officers Association.
“This is a very exciting time for the city, and I am proud of what Chief Walsh and his team has been able to do in a short amount of time,” Mayor Pro Tem Matt Liesemeyer said. “The caliber of the team he has been able to build is a testament of the type of dynamic leader Walsh is, and of his executive team. We couldn’t be more proud.”
“The city staff have been looking forward to welcoming Lt. Valle, our sergeants, and key personnel to the city police department,” city manager Armando Villa said. “Chief Walsh, Captains Karrer and Gutierrez, and our human resources division had their work cut out for them, and together they were able to bring on and build an impeccable team – one that Menifee can be very proud of.”
Submitted by city of Menifee.