Sergeant Ben Ramirez began his career with the Riverside Sheriff’s Department in 1994. He was first assigned to the Indio Jail. In 1996, as a Deputy Sheriff he was transferred to the Palm Desert Sheriff’s Station. He worked patrol and was later assigned to the Palm Desert Target Team. He served three years on the Emergency Services Team (SWAT), and is a Firearms Instructor.
In 2000, he was promoted to the rank of Investigator, assigned to the Palm Desert Station, and in 2001, transferred to the Indio Sheriff’s Station. In 2002, he was assigned to the Central Homicide Unit (CHU) for eight years, and returned to the Palm Desert Station as a Lead Investigator in 2011. In 2012, he was promoted to the rank of Sergeant, and transferred to the Thermal Sheriff’s Station, assigned to the patrol division.
Sergeant Ramirez is responsible for supervising the Special Enforcement Team and Business District Unit.
During his career, Sergeant Ramirez has received the Sheriff’s Medal of Merit in 2004, and a Unit Citation in 2006 for significant cases worked while assigned to CHU. He holds a POST Institute of Criminal Investigation Certificate with a foundation specialty in Homicide Investigation.