Supervision Team

Every law enforcement agency will tell you that the supervision core is the backbone of the department. Efficiency, effectiveness, and integrity of any organization relies in the hands of supervisors. They are the professionals who make sure the shift is running smoothly and assessing every aspect of the service being provided to the community. The Shafter Police Department has a great staff who we believe are among the best in the business. We'd like to use this forum to introduce them to you, their professional backgrounds, and their specialties.

Captain Jeff Bell

Captain Bell began his career in the fall of 1984 in Los Angeles. He promoted to Sergeant in 1993 and worked during the 1993 Firestorms, the Rodney King riots, the 1994 Northridge earthquake, and the Gang Truce Rally in Los Angeles. He has orchestrated numerous operations plans, including the MDA Love Rides in Castaic which would attract anywhere between 12,000 and 18,000 motorcycles and riders...including many dignitaries. 

Captain Bell came to Shafter in June of 1999 and has attained his POST Management level certificate and has thousands of hours of POST training. In 2008, Captain Bell was selected to be the first City of Shafter police officer to attend the FBI National Academy, class 235. He also received the first Kern County Law Enforcement Foundation "Administrator of the Year" award.

The Captain has various responsibilities overseeing background and internal affairs investigations, representing the agency as the POST liaison and Training Manager, Property room oversight, policy development and will assist in multiple areas as needed regarding special projects, animal control, or other staff projects. 

Lieutenant Diana Burnett

Lieutenant Diana Burnett began her career with the City of Shafter in February of 1992. She was promoted to senior officer in July of 1996, Sergeant in August of 1998, and promoted to Lieutenant in March of 2014.

With over 2,500 hours of recognized POST training, she has earned certification from the State of California Peace Officers Standards and Training (POST) of basic,intermediate, advanced, and supervisory. She also holds two certifications from the Robert Presley Institute of Criminal Investigations in Homicide and Domestic Violence Investigations. She is also a graduate of the Sherman Block Leadership Institute, Class 142.

Over her career she has served a number of various assignments such as a D.A.R.E. officer (Drug Abuse Resistance Education), field training officer (FTO), reserve officer coordinator and trainer, and youth council coordinator.

She has worked criminal investigations and presently supervises all criminal investigations as processed and handled by the detective. Along with these responsibilities, she is also the department field training officer coordinator, 290 (sex registrants) and is the liaison coordinator with the County Street Interdiction Team (SIT).

Lieutenant Burnett has also volunteered to represent the department with the Kern County Domestic Violence Law Enforcement Committee and in the City of Shafter Emergency Operations Center as the press information officer.

Sergeant Lionel Lopez

Sergeant Lopez came to the City of Shafter Police Department in February 2000. Prior to joining the SPD, Sergeant Lopez served for four years as a deputy sheriff for Tulare County Sheriff’s Department and five years as a police officer for the City of Lindsay.

Sergeant Lopez began his law enforcement career as a Reserve Police Officer for the City of Lindsay in February of 1991 at the age of 20. In December of 1993, he completed the Tulare-Kings County Police Academy located in Visalia and went to work for the City of Lindsay as a regular full time police officer.

In March of 1996, Sergeant Lopez went to work for the Tulare County Sheriff's Department. As a deputy sheriff assigned to the Porterville Substation, his area of responsibility included, but was not limited to: the unincorporated areas of Porterville, Springville, Strathmore, Lindsay, Woodville, Ducor, Poplar, Terra Bella, Richgrove, and the Tule Indian Reservation.

Sergeant Lopez was promoted to the position of a senior officer in December of 2006, and then Sergeant in 2008. His duties have included; field training officer, watch commander, gang officer and is court certified as a gang expert and teaches about gangs when time permits.

Randy MilliganSergeant Randy Milligan

Sergeant Randy Milligan was raised in a small town in Kern County. He became a Kern County Sheriff Reserve in 1999 and was hired as an extra help deputy sheriff shortly after. During the off season, as an extra help deputy sheriff, he worked as a Kern County Child Support Investigator and Housing Authority Investigator, assigned to investigations in the Shafter area. While working the Shafter area he realized how much Shafter reminded him of the town he was raised in with the presence of hometown and community values.

He was hired as a police officer with the City Of Shafter in June of 2003. He quickly volunteered for special assignments of traffic officer and police fleet manager. As a fleet manager he worked diligently to bring the fleet to a professional and functioning level. He soon realized that emergency vehicles were becoming more complex and that a tremendous amount of work was required to get these units service ready. In 2004 he began to standardize the fleet by converting the fleet units back to black and white as well as outfitting the fleet with consistent emergency equipment.

In 2004 he became the departments K-9 handler where he demonstrated how a highly dependable and devoted K-9 program should function. He worked with his partner Dak until Dak’s retirement in 2007.

He was selected as officer of the year in 2004 by his peers. He distinguished himself by receiving commendations from the Kern County and Denver Colorado District Attorney Prosecutors for his high quality of arrest and investigations. He has received numerous positive comments from his supervisory personnel regarding his high level of loyalty and dedication to the Shafter Police Department and other departmental personnel. He joined the long list of those officers who have distinguished themselves in the Shafter Police Department and the law enforcement profession.

In 2006 as he advanced in his career, he saw an opportunity to influence the future of the department and became a field training officer. In 2006 he was promoted to a senior patrol officer and in February of 2010 was again promoted to sergeant.

Sergeant Chris Grider

Sergeant Chris Grider was promoted to sergeant in December, 2013. He previously was serving as the department detective responsible for investigation of major crimes, acts as the court liaison, works with the Alliance Against Family Violence, as well as other ancillary duties.

Sergeant Grider started his law enforcement career in the United States Air Force as a law enforcement specialist and rose to the rank of SSgt/E-5. He has served in Alaska, England, and Edwards Air Force base in California. He is a veteran of Operation Desert Storm while serving in Dharhan, Saudi Arabia. He has worked numerous specialized assignments throughout his career to include U.S. Secret Service support for Presidential and State Department personal security operations, Space Shuttle Recovery Team, Nuclear Weapons Security, Military Police Investigator, Police Training Instructor, and as a member of the Air Force Office of Special Investigations Joint Drug Enforcement Team.

After his military career he joined the Kern County Sheriff’s Department where he worked as an extra help deputy sheriff in positions of court guard, work release compliance deputy, and a substation patrolman.

Sergeant Grider was hired by the Shafter Police Department in 2002. He has attended a wide variety of training courses to include criminal investigations, traffic accident investigation, drug investigations, homicide investigations, and wiretap investigations, to name a few. He is a court certified drug and gang expert and recently attained accreditation as a geographic profiling analyst.

Phillip YoshikawaSenior Officer Phil Yoshikawa

Senior Officer Phil Yoshikawa graduated from the Fresno State Regional Training Academy in March of 1997. He was hired by then Shafter Police Chief Paul Stotesberry and began his law enforcement career on the streets December 27, 1997. He has attended Fresno City College and Taft Community College and has over 1,700 hours of California Peace Officers Standards and Training hours.

He worked as a regular patrol officer until he volunteered in 2000 to be the school resource officer (SRO) and D.A.R.E. officer for the Richland School District, an assignment which lasted until the end of 2006. Over his career, Senior Officer Yoshikawa has also worked during special events as a Bicycle Patrol Team leader and a member of the Entry and Search Team (E.A.S.T). He was one of the department’s spokespersons during special / community events and organized the first Shafter Police Department Child I.D. Program.

Senior Officer Yoshikawa has been recognized numerously for Notable Performance Awards from the Kern County Sheriff’s Department’s Technical Investigations Unit for latent fingerprint identifications (HIT Pins) and has been a field training officer for newly hired officers. Senior officers perform more complex investigations as a rule and he is proud to have recently completed an 80-hour investigation core training through the Robert Presley Institute of Criminal Investigations.

Civilian Supervision Staff

Just as important as supervision over sworn personnel is the supervision over civilian staff. As we have with our police supervision staff, we have a great civilian supervision team as well. We'd like to take the time to introduce them to you as well.

Lynn YoshikawaCivilian Supervisor Lynn Yoshikawa

Lynn Yoshikawa began her career with the Shafter Police Department in November of 1990. She has traversed various positions over the years, starting off as a community services and animal control officer. Then in 1996 Lynn became a police dispatcher and began to learn everything she could about the paperwork aspects of the Police Department. In 1998 she was promoted to records / dispatch supervisor.

As the supervisor, Lynn oversees the dispatch operations and supervises the Shafter Police Department Dispatchers. Her records duties incorporate responsibility for handling all criminal paperwork for the department, including performing audits on all police reports for data entry accuracy, compiling statistics, and making required monthly reports to the California Department of Justice. She is also responsible for maintaining records on all Sex Registrants, Arson Registrants, Narcotics Registrants, and Concealed Weapons Permits. Her 20-year historical knowledge of the city and its resident’s make Lynn a valuable commodity for the organization.