Sergeant Robert Bishop began his law enforcement career in 1997 when he joined the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department. After attending the Sheriff’s Academy at the Ben Clark Training Center in Riverside, he was assigned to work in the Indio Jail.
In 1999, Sergeant Bishop was assigned to the patrol division, at the Palm Desert Station, where he was assigned to patrol the cities of Palm Desert, Indian Wells, Rancho Mirage, and the surrounding unincorporated areas of Desert Hot Springs, Sky Valley, and Thousand Palms.
In 2003, he was assigned to the Palm Desert Station’s Sex Offender compliance team where he tracked and registered local sex offenders. In 2004, he was assigned to the Palm Desert Special Enforcement Team assigned to investigate street related crimes and support crime prevention.
In 2006, he was promoted to the rank of detective within the Palm Desert Sheriff Station where he investigated a variety of crimes. Later that year, he was promoted to Sergeant within the Palm Desert Sheriff Station. As a sergeant, he served as a patrol-shift watch commander.
In 2008, Sergeant Bishop was selected as the Palm Desert Station administrative sergeant where he was responsible for logistical operations, fleet management, equipment and purchasing/maintenance and the Palm Desert Station Search and Rescue Team supervisor
In 2011, Sergeant Bishop accepted a transfer to the Thermal Sheriff’s Station where he was a patrol shift watch commander, overseeing patrol staff assigned to the cities of La Quinta, Coachella, and the unincorporated areas of Thermal, Mecca, Bermuda Dunes, and surrounding areas. In 2017, Sergeant Bishop was selected as the La Quinta Police Special Enforcement Team Supervisor. In this position, he is responsible for supervising a team of officers to fight street related crime within the City of La Quinta.