Interim Chief Alex Diaz
A graduate of the California Baptist University, Interim Chief Alex Diaz became a Probation Officer with the San Diego County Probation Department in 1997, before being hired as a Police Officer by the San Diego Police Department in 2000; he has been with the Banning Police Department since 2005.
As an Officer, Detective, and Sergeant, he has held various assignments within the agency including Patrol, K.O. Gangs in Schools Detective, Detective Bureau Sergeant, Administrative Sergeant, Public Information Officer, Neighborhood Watch Coordinator, Citizen Volunteer Program Coordinator, Reserve Police Officer Program Coordinator, Field Training Officer Program Coordinator, and Youth Accountability Team Member.
Interim Chief Diaz holds a Bachelorís Degree from California Baptist University in Criminal Justice, Leadership and Administration.
He is a graduate of the Sherman Block Supervisory Leadership Institute (Session 291) and holds an advanced POST certificate.
Furthermore, Interim Chief Diaz is involved in several areas outside the operations of the police department. He is a member of the San Gorgonio Pass Knights of the Round Table and is a director and coordinator of the Banning Police Activities League.
Lieutenant Phil Holder
Phil Holder started his career in law enforcement in 1989 at the Rio Hondo
Police Academy in Whittier, CA. As an officer, he served in many different
assignments including patrol, gang suppression, D.A.R.E/G.R.E.A.T, bike patrol,
School Resource Officer, Field Training Officer, Community Enhancement Team (CET),
and the detective bureau.
Lt. Holder is a graduate of the Sherman Block Leadership Institute (Class 138), P.O.S.T. Command College (Class 46), and the FBI National Academy (Session 250).
Lieutenant Mike West
Mike West began his pursuit of a law enforcement career as a police explorer while growing up in Waco, Texas. After moving to Southern California in 1992, he attended the San Bernardino Sheriffís Academy and graduated in 1993.
Lieutenant West was first employed as an officer in 1993 with the Morongo Tribal Police Department and worked for the Morongo Band of Mission Indians for two years before being hired by the Beaumont Police Department in 1995. Lt. West worked for the Beaumont Police Department for nearly eight years. During this time, he was assigned to patrol and later to narcotic investigations as part of the Allied Riverside Cities Narcotic Enforcement Team (ARCNET).
Lt. West started at Banning Police Department in January of 2003 working in the patrol division and as school resource officer before being promoted to sergeant in 2005. Lt. West completed his Bachelorís of Science in Criminal Justice at the American Intercontinental University and was promoted to lieutenant in November of 2007. Lt. West graduated from the Los Angeles Police Department Leadership Program in 2011.
Lt. West is currently assigned as the Operations Lieutenant managing the field operations section of the Banning Police Department which includes Patrol and Communications.