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Law Enforcement and Investigations



 The CAL Fire/Riverside County Fire Department's Law Enforcement and Investigations Bureau is staff with:


  • One Battalion Chief
  • Six Fire Captain Specialists
  • Two Office Technicians

The Battalion Chief and Captains are all sworn California State Peace Officers with specialized training in fire origin and cause investigation.  CAL Fire Investigators respond to all types of fire scenes, and conduct criminal and civil investigations.


Cal Fire Investigators also conduct enforcement of Forest and Fire laws including those related to fireworks, fire area closures, and illegal debris burning.  The Investigators issue citations for infractions, and arrest suspects for misdemeanor and felony violations of the law.  Each investigator is also a member of the Riverside Arson Task Force and California Conference of Arson Investigators.


Here are some statistics regarding the Law Enforcement/Investigations Bureau in 2012:

  • Total Cases - 465
  • Felony Arrests - 26
  • Misdemeanor Arrests - 20
  • Citations - 370
  • Pounds of Fireworks seized - Approximately 500
  • Various quantities of narcotics and dangerous weapons were also seized



 For information on Fire/Incident Records and Investigations call (951) 943-4970