Sheriff Stan Sniff transferred Captain Roy Grace from the Colorado River Station to the Thermal Station effective Monday, May 16, 2016. Captain Grace will command the Thermal Station, replacing Captain Andy Shouse, who was recently assigned to the Robert Presley Detention Center in Riverside.
Captain Grace has nearly 28 years of law enforcement experience, all with the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department. He began his career with the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department in September 1988 as a patrol deputy assigned to the Blythe Station. In 1990 he was transferred to the Corrections Division working the Blythe Jail. In 1991, he became a member of the Emergency Services Team (SWAT) where he collaterally worked for a total of seventeen years at various ranks.
In 1993, Captain Grace was transferred back to Patrol Operations at the Blythe Station where he became a field training officer (FTO) and was eventually assigned to the investigative bureau working general crimes and eventually narcotics. In June of 1998, he was promoted to investigator within the Blythe Station where he was assigned to investigate crimes against persons.
In December of 1998, Captain Grace was promoted to sergeant and transferred to the Corrections Division assigned to the Indio Jail. He worked floor operations and also supervised the business office. In 2001, he was transferred to Patrol Operations assigned to the Palm Desert Station. During this assignment he supervised patrol deputies, became the Field Training Sergeant, remained on SWAT (collaterally), and supervised the Career Criminal Apprehension Team. In February of 2004, he was transferred to the newly formed Special Enforcement Bureau (SWAT) which became a full-time assignment.
In January of 2005, Captain Grace was promoted to lieutenant and transferred to the Corrections Division assigned to the Indio Jail. He oversaw floor operations and managed the inmate commissary and phone contracts for the entire division. In 2006 he was transferred back to the Special Enforcement Bureau where he oversaw SWAT operations, the Hazardous Device Team (HDT), and the Department’s Aviation unit. In 2009, Captain Grace was transferred to the Special Investigations Bureau (SIB) where he managed mid and major level narcotic teams and task forces throughout Riverside County. Additionally, he managed numerous federal and state grants awarded to the county for specialized narcotic enforcement. In January 2013, he was transferred to the Palm Desert Station where he was the administrative lieutenant and oversaw all special teams from the cities of Palm Desert, Rancho Mirage, and Indian Wells.
In January of 2015, Captain Grace was promoted to the rank of Captain, and transferred to the Colorado Rivers Station where he oversaw all patrol functions services the unincorporated portions of eastern Riverside County, as well as several communities that fall within tribal lands administered by the Colorado River Indian Tribe (CRIT).
Captain Grace will now command the Thermal Station and serve the unincorporated communities within the eastern Coachella Valley, as well as the contract cities of Coachella and La Quinta.
Captain Grace is a lifelong resident of Riverside County and resident of La Quinta. Captain Grace possesses a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Social & Criminal Justice from Ashford University.