The Murrieta Police Department detective bureau is trained to investigate a wide range of crimes, including crimes against persons, burglary, fraud, identity theft, narcotics violations, juvenile offenses, and a host of others.
I am committed to ensuring we provide only the highest level of service to the community. I look forward to my part in diligently addressing crime problems in Murrieta and ensuring our community continues to be one of the safest in the nation.
Lieutenant Ron Driscoll
The detective bureau investigates complex cases referred by patrol. The department’s detective bureau is staffed with general detectives that handle all crimes including, property crimes, sex crimes, robberies, larceny and homicide. General detectives receive specialized training in their area of assignment as well as cross training in other areas. They frequently coordinate the on-scene investigations of major crimes, assist in the initial investigation of crimes that require their expertise, and conduct follow-up on all crime reports initiated by patrol officers. General detectives are led by Sergeant Phil Gomez.
Sergeant Phil Gomez
The detective bureau’s Special Enforcement Team (S.E.T.) detectives handle quality of life investigations, including narcotic enforcement. The Special Enforcement Team is dedicated to aggressively investigating narcotic related offenses, as well as any other specialized cases that affect the citizens of Murrieta. This area of enforcement is unique and requires highly specialized training. SET investigations often require investigators to act in an undercover capacity. The Special Enforcement Team is led by Sergeant Steve Dyer.
Sergeant Steve Dyer
The detective bureau’s Juvenile Investigations unit investigates crimes committed by and against the juveniles of our community. The unit works as a resource for general detectives and has close ties with the Murrieta Valley Unified School District. The unit is responsible for running several youth programs within the community and staffs school resource officers at our local school sites. The Juvenile Investigations unit is led by Sergeant Daryl Underwood.
Sergeant Daryl Underwood
Task Force Assignments
Currently four Murrieta Police detectives serve on task force units within the county of Riverside working narcotics (DEA Riverside Enforcement Group 2), auto theft (RAID), supervision of post-released ex-convicts (AB 109 Central-PACT task force) and gangs (GTF).
DEA Riverside Enforcement Group 2 - Handles major narcotics cases
Regional Auto Theft Interdiction Detail (RAID) - Handles auto theft cases throughout Riverside County
AB 109 Central-PACT - Focus on "high-risk" and "at-large" Post Release Community Supervision (PRCS) offenders that pose the most risk to public safety.
Gang Task Force (GTF) - The Murrieta Temecula Regional Gang Task Force (GTF) is currently supervised by a Murrieta Police Sergeant. The department houses the regional gang task force assigned to this region. Gang related cases investigated within the city are handled by GTF, as well as general detectives. The Gang Task Force is led by Sergeant Don Weller.
Sergeant Don Weller