The Department was formed in 2006 and was a member of a Tribal Consortium that consisted of Pauma Reservation, Los Coyotes Reservation, San Pasquel Reservation and La Jolla Reservation that paid for one officer and one police vehicle. The department was expanded to 3 officers from grants received in 2011 and the officers were hired starting in July 2012. We are still at 3 officers and fully funded by the Tribal Government.
Police Chief Ray Allen was hired as a police officer at La Jolla in August 2012 and worked for the previous Chief, Ray Otero. Chief Otero retired in June 2015 and Allen was promoted to Chief that month. Chief Ray Allen has 26 years of experience as a police officer with the City of National City retiring as a Lieutenant, 2nd officer hired by Pauma Reservation police department, and has worked for a defense contractor teaching U.S. Marines at Camp Pendleton law enforcement classes, and teaching police classes to Iraq and then Afghanistan police officers in their respective countries.
Sergeant Christopher Palomares was hired by La Jolla Tribal Police in September 2016. Palomares has worked at San Manual Reservation Public Safety Department, at Bishop Reservation Police as a Lieutenant, Cabazon Tribal Police as a Watch Commander, and Cathedral City California Police Department. He was promoted to Sergeant this year and works the night shift.
Officer Raymond Candelas was hired by La Jolla Tribal Police in January 2018. Officer Candelas has previous experience at San Manual Reservation and the Riverside Sheriff's Department. He is currently assigned to the night shift.