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Lake Elsinore Sheriff’s Station welcomes new captain

Andrew “Andy” Elia will serve as captain of the Lake Elsinore Sheriff’s Station, effective January 14. Photo provided by the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department.

The Lake Elsinore Sheriff’s Station welcomed its new captain, Andrew “Andy” Elia. Elia officially began his role today, January 14.

Elia has been serving in law enforcement for more than 20 years, most recently as a lieutenant for the City of Norco.

After graduating from the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department Academy, Elia worked for the San Marino Police Department.

In 2001, Elia lateraled to the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department as a deputy sheriff assigned to the Jurupa Valley Station where he patrolled unincorporated areas of Riverside County and the City of Norco. During his time, Elia graduated from the Special Weapons and Tactics Academy, was assigned as a field training officer, and was a school resource officer.

In 2005, Elia was promoted to the rank of corporal at the Moreno Valley Station where he was assigned to the Problem Oriented Policing Team. He was promoted to sergeant in 2008 and transferred to the Robert Presley Detention Center.

In 2010, Elia was transferred to the Ben Clark Training Center. In 2011, he was transferred to the Jurupa Valley Station where he worked a number of different assignments including patrol, watch commander, the Special Enforcement Team, and administration.

In 2017, Elia was promoted to the rank of lieutenant and was transferred to the Larry D. Smith Correctional Facility to oversee Operations and Administration.

“Historically, the city has been fortunate to have some of the best captains serving our community,” said Lake Elsinore Mayor Bob Magee. “We are pleased to welcome yet another well-respected, experienced leader to our team and we look forward to working with Captain Elia to make Lake Elsinore the safest it can be for our citizens.”

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