Rio Hondo College Police Academy Staff
Walter Allen III, Academy Director
Walter Allen is the Director of the Rio Hondo Police Academy at Rio Hondo College in Whittier, California. He has been in the law enforcement profession for more than 43 years and is a graduate of 172nd Session of the FBI National Academy. Walter began his law enforcement career as a police officer at Cal State Fullerton University Police Department and within a year and a half he was hired as a Police Officer for Chino Police Department. During his time at Chino PD, Walter served as a police Field Training Officer, patrol corporal and Sharpshooter for the Department’s SWAT Team.
In 1981, Walt was hired continued his law enforcement career with the California Department of Justice, Bureau of Narcotic Enforcement as a Special Agent. He worked in an undercover capacity for 7 years, eventually promoting and serving as Special Agent Supervisor, Special Agent in Charge, Senior Special Agent in Charge and Assistant Chief for the Department over a 22-year period.
In 2003 Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger appointed Walter as Director of the California Youth Authority (CYA) which, at the time, was the largest juvenile correctional system in the nation, housing and supervising over 10,000 juvenile offenders throughout out the state and managing over 5,000 employees, with an operating budget of over four hundred million dollars.
In 2005, Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger appointed Walter Allen as the Assistant Secretary of the newly created Office of Correctional Safety (OCS) for the newly reorganized California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR). The Office of Correctional Safety (OCS) provides oversight to all law enforcement, safety, and security issues in all state run youth and adult correctional prison facilities throughout the state. Additionally, OCS was also tasked with apprehending prison escapee’s and arresting criminal high-risk parolees in communities throughout California. In this role, Walt was also charged with consolidating virtually all law enforcement components within the department, which included major criminal investigative units, fugitive apprehension teams, criminal intelligence operations, gang interdiction, special investigations, and departmental safety and security operations within the California state prison system.
In November 2009, Walter was appointed to the Commission on Peace Officer Standards and Training by Governor Schwarzenegger and also served as a Deputy Commissioner for the Board of Parole Hearings through June of 2013. He is currently serving a fifth term on the Covina City Council and has served as the Covina Mayor on four separate occasions. Walter still finds the time to continue serving as a board member for Ettie Lee Youth and Family Services, as a former President and current Executive Board member of California Narcotic Officers’ Association, as a board member of the WeTip, Inc., and he currently serves as the Chairman of the Board of Directors for Citrus Valley Health Partners, which provides oversight of three not-for-profit hospitals: Queen of the Valley, Intercommunity, Foothill Presbyterian and the Citrus Valley Hospice facility in the East San Gabriel Valley. Walter also serves as a member of the Metrolink Board of Directors and the League of California Cities Public Safety Committee.
Walter possesses a Bachelor of Science Degree in Urban Planning and Master of Science Degree in Law Enforcement Executive Leadership. For leisure, one of Walter’s primary hobbies has been competitive Trap, Skeet and Sporting Clay shooting, which he’s done for more than 40 years. Walt also enjoys snow skiing, golf, and riding his Harley and road bike.
Milt Hernandez, Academy Coordinator
Milton Hernandez is an Academy coordinator at the Rio Hondo Police Academy. Milt is a retired LAPD Sergeant. Milt graduated from Azusa Pacific College where he earned his BA in Psychology and was then hired by Los Angeles County Probation Department for approximately two years. Milt then went on and applied for the LAPD where he was hired in 1982 and spent 31 years serving the city and working various job assignments. Milt worked as a Patrol officer and training officer, he worked gangs, narcotics, and traffic and he also was assigned as an instructor for the LAPD academy as a Physical Training Self Defense Instructor. Milt was promoted to Sergeant in 1998 and he was assigned to patrol duties and various other assignments including the DARE program, The Rampart investigation team, The Community Relations Officer in Charge for the Hollenbeck Area. Milt spent the last three years at LAPD Training Division as a Recruit Basic Course Sergeant prior to retiring.
Coordinator Hernandez is responsible for overseeing everyday operations for the Police Academy and the 832 PC program. Milt ensures that the Academy and all the programs at Rio Hondo Police Academy are in compliance with POST Standards and Training. He has the responsibility to monitor and verify legislatively mandated training. Monitoring shall take place via review of instructor lesson plans, random classroom observations, and verification of legislatively mandated exercise tests shall take place via review of all testing forms for completeness.
David Miklos, Academy Coordinator
David has been a Coordinator with Rio Hondo Police Academy since 2016 and as an Instructor since 2013. David’s primary duties include oversight of the day to day operations of the Academy and maintaining compliance with State of California Peace Officer Standards and Training requirements. David specifically manages Scenario Training and Force Training for the Rio Hondo Cadets.
David is a retired Sergeant of 28 years from the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department where he held assignments in Custody, Patrol and Training at the Sheriff’s Academy. David also serves as a subject matter expert conducting Basic Academy Curriculum Reviews for POST throughout California. David serves on the Board of Directors of the California Police Athletic Federation who facilitates the annual United States Police and Fire Championships and the bi-annual World Police and Fire Games.
David is a 5-time World Games Gold Medalist in the “Toughest Competitor Alive” event. David has a B.S. Degree in Recreation Administration from Fresno State university.
Jeremy Cross, Academy Coordinator
Jeremy is a Academy Coordinator at the Rio Hondo Police Academy. Jeremy is currently a Detective Sergeant in Southeast Los Angeles. Jeremy graduated from Rio Hondo Police Academy, and is proud to be part of the team that trains the next generation of Law Enforcement.
Jeremy first started at Rio Hondo Police Academy as a Recruit Training Officer. He brings a lot of knowledge and experience to the academy. He has served in many assignments such as Motor Officer, Detective, Professional Standards, Drug Enforcement Administration, P.O.S.T. Training Manager, Honor Guard, Mobile Field Force, Active Shooter Instructor, Street Racing Task Force, Mental Health Supervisor, Patrol Supervisor, and he currently supervises his departments range.
Jeremy currently holds a Bachelors Degree in Criminal Justice, and a Masters Degree in Business Administration and Management.
Luke Kovach, Operations Specialist-Recruit Training Officer (R.T.O.)
RTO Kovach is a Operations Specialist at the Rio Hondo Police Academy. RTO Kovach is currently a Police Officer in the San Gabriel Valley. RTO Kovach attended Rio Hondo Police Academy, and is also currently serving at the academy. RTO Kovach’s dedication to the overall academy is clear and obvious. He is a mentor not only to the cadets, but also the staff.
RTO Kovach has trained a large number of Police Officer Trainee’s, and believes that the core training starts here. His passion for the Law Enforcement profession clearly shows.