Chief Deputy Joseph Belli

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Chief Deputy Joseph Belli started his public safety career with the Riverside County Sheriff ’s Department as a Deputy Sheriff on July 27th, 1990.  He attended the 116th Basic Peace Officers’ Academy and graduated on December 6th, 1990.  

Chief Deputy Belli is a 30-year veteran of the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department.  He began his career in 1990 with an initial assignment to the Corrections Division at the Robert Presley Detention Center.  During this assignment he worked as a Corrections Training Officer and earned the rank of Senior Deputy in Corrections. 

In October of 1994, Chief Deputy Belli was transferred to the Riverside Station, (currently known as the Jurupa Valley Station), where he worked as a patrol deputy serving the unincorporated County areas of Mira Loma, Eastvale, Rubidoux, Mead Valley, Home Gardens and the City of Norco.  Chief Deputy Belli served on the first Norco Community Policing Team and worked as a Field Training Officer until March of 2002.

In March of 2002, Chief Deputy Belli was promoted to the rank of Sheriff’s Investigator and served in this capacity for both the City of Norco as well as the Lake Elsinore Station.

In June of 2002, Chief Deputy Belli was promoted to Sergeant and worked various assignments, to include Robert Presley Detention Center, Perris Station as well as on the newest countywide regional public safety radio network known at PSEC, (Public Safety Enterprise Communication).

After completion of the PSEC system, in August of 2013, Chief Deputy Belli was promoted to Lieutenant and transferred to the Thermal Station where he managed the patrol operations as well as station administration.

In September of 2015, Chief Deputy Belli was transferred to the Cabazon Station where he was tasked with managing the Cabazon Station patrol operations, including the countywide canine operations as well as the Sheriff’s Department Pursuit Committee.  

In December of 2017, Chief Deputy Belli was assigned to Court Services East, managing the day to day safety and security for four of the eastern Riverside County Courts.

In January of 2019, Sheriff Chad Bianco promoted Chief Deputy Belli to Captain at Cabazon Station where he would serve the patrol function in both the unincorporated county areas of Cabazon and Cherry Valley, as well as the Morongo Indian Reservation and Calimesa Sheriff contracts.

In May of 2019, Chief Deputy Belli was transferred to the Palm Desert Station, serving the Sheriff’s contract cities of, Indian Wells, Palm Desert and Rancho Mirage.

On July 15, 2020, Sheriff Chad Bianco appointed Chief Deputy Belli to his current position and rank, serving in Sheriff’s Administration overseeing the Technology and Support Divisions of the Department.

Chief Deputy Belli holds a bachelor’s degree from the Southern Illinois University, Carbondale.  He is a graduate of Class 226 of the Sherman Block Supervisory Leadership course as well as California Peace Officers Standard and Training Management School.  Chief Deputy Belli is married with two children.