One of the newest members of the Indian Wells Sheriff’s Station is Captain Joe Belli, a 29-year veteran of the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department.
Joe began his career with an initial assignment to the Corrections Division at the Robert Presley Detention Center. In 1994, he was transferred to the Riverside Station, where he worked as a patrol deputy serving the communities of Mira Loma, Eastvale, Rubidoux, Mead Valley, Home Gardens and the City of Norco.
In 2002, Joe was promoted to Sergeant and worked various assignments, including the Robert Presley Detention Center, Perris Station as well as on the countywide regional public safety radio network known as PSEC (Public Safety Enterprise Communication).
He was promoted to Lieutenant in 2013 and worked at the Thermal Station where he managed patrol operations as well as station administration.
After three years of managing patrol operations at the Cabazon Station and one year of managing day-to-day security for four of the eastern Riverside County Courts, Sheriff Chad Bianco promoted him to Captain in January 2019.
In his current role as Captain of the Palm Desert Station, he serves the communities of Indian Wells, Palm Desert and Rancho Mirage.
“I appreciate the trust that Sheriff Bianco has placed in me to fill this important role,” Captain Joe Belli said. “It is an honor to serve the community of Indian Wells and I look forward to getting to know the residents.”
Captain Belli holds a Bachelor’s Degree from 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. Captain Belli is married and has two children.