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Brad Ramos bids farewell to Valley, takes post in Indio

January 30, 2001|By RICHARD MONTENEGRO, Staff Writer

CALEXICO — After 13 and a half years with the Police Department here, Cmdr. Brad Ramos is leaving.

Ramos, whose last day with Calexico police is Friday, will take over as commander of support services with the Indio Police Department on Feb. 8.

One of three commanders, Ramos, 38, will oversee Indio police's records, crime analysis, evidence and property and code enforcement divisions as well as the department's graffiti abatement, crime prevention, public relations and volunteer programs.

Indio police boasts some 50 sworn peace officers for a community of 42,000.

"It's a good opportunity for me. I'm looking forward to the challenges Indio brings, like getting to know the community and building relationships," he said this morning, "and also dealing with some of the issues Indio has.


"The focus will be directing quality-of-life issues and the growth of the department and the city," Ramos said. "The city has a 10-percent growth rate right now."

For Calexico police, Ramos presently oversees this border-city squad's patrol division and administrative departments. He is one of two commanders at Calexico police; the other is Mario Sanchez.

Ramos started his law enforcement career in Orange County as a cadet and dispatcher with the Brea Police Department in 1980. He became a sworn Brea police officer in 1983.

He came to the Calexico Police Department in 1987 as an officer, rising to the rank of detective. In 1998 he became a commander at age 35.

Said Ramos of his tenure with Calexico Police Department: "I'm going to miss a lot of good people that work here at the agency, men and women, and the people in the community. I've built a lot of partnerships with them and friendships with them.

"Calexico has been real, real good to me," he said.

Calexico Police Chief Tom Tunson said this morning Ramos is an "absolutely invaluable subordinate commander. He's an invaluable, dedicated, diligent and trustworthy member of my staff."

Tunson added, "I wish him well in his new endeavor and career path. He has been very supportive of our new community policing initiative and instrumental in our team-building projects we've had at the Police Department."

Calexico Mayor Javier Alatorre said, "I'm really sad that he has decided to leave the Police Department. He's been a very important person in the department. … I wish him the best luck in his new job and I hope we can find a replacement with his professionalism."

Tunson didn't say this morning how the commander post would be filled, adding, "We will look at all options and evaluate what is best for the community."

Ramos, who lives in Imperial, was a trustee with the Imperial Unified School District from 1993 to 1997, serving on the district's Regional Occupational Program board. He also has taught criminal investigation and worked with the police reserve academy at Imperial Valley College since 1995.

Said Ramos of leaving Imperial: "That's going to be difficult, for myself and my family. But the transition for them is going to be later down the road. What's going to be difficult is leaving the entire county because of all the friendships in the law enforcement community, and just in the community."

Ramos is married to Irene Ramos. They have two daughters — 20-year-old Anisha and 11-year-old Ashley.

Staff Writer Richard Montenegro can be reached at 337-3453.

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