Assistant Sheriff Raul Vergara
Assistant Sheriff Raul Vergara was born in Cuba in 1963. Shortly after his birth, his parents submitted a Visa application to leave Communist Cuba for the United States. In retaliation for the Visa application, Raul’s father was forced into communist labor camp where he passed away at the age of 30. After his father’s death, Raul and his mother legally immigrated to the United States when he was seven years old. After graduation from high school, he was officially sworn in as an American citizen.
Assistant Sheriff Vergara began his law enforcement career in 1985 with the Orange County Sheriff’s Department. In July of 1990, he was hired by the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department where he was assigned to the Southwest Station. As a Deputy Sheriff, he worked various patrol duties and the Special Enforcement Team (SET) at the Southwest Station. He was one of the first deputies to be assigned to the Special Investigations Bureau (SIB) and was an original member of the Southwest Corridor Narcotics Task Force where he promoted to Investigator. He was one of the first Department members to attend the Drug Recognition Expert (DRE) course and instructor course and subsequently coordinated several DRE Schools. He was a court recognized expert in the field of narcotics sales, manufacturing of methamphetamine, and under the influence investigations. In 1999, he promoted to the rank of Sergeant and was assigned to the Moreno Valley Station where he was assigned to patrol, the Special Enforcement Team, and was selected as the first commander of the Moreno Valley Gang Task Force (GTF Region 5). While commanding GTF, his team developed the Gang Intervention for Teens (GIFT) program which has been adopted by the Riverside County Gang Task Force. In 2012, he was promoted to Lieutenant where he worked assignments in Court Services, Internal Affairs, Special Investigations Bureau, and Corrections. He holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Workforce Education and Development from Southern Illinois University and has been teaching advanced officer courses for approximately 20 years. On January 7, 2019, Sheriff Chad Bianco appointed him to the position of Assistant Sheriff.
He and his wife of 31 years, their four children and a granddaughter have resided in Southwest Riverside County for 30 years. With over 33 years of law enforcement experience, he is guided by his faith in God, love of our great country, love of his family, and his dedication to public service.
On January 7, 2019, Sheriff Chad Bianco appointed him to the position of Assistant Sheriff.