District Police

Apple Valley District Police Department

12555 Navajo Road, Apple Valley, CA 92308

Dispatch: (760) 961-0672

Fax: (760) 961-8719

The AVUSD Police department is responsible for the safety and security of over 14,500 students and over 1,500 staff. Our area of responsibility covers approximately over 200 sq. miles of the High Desert, which includes the area's surrounding in and around the Town of Apple Valley. We are dedicated to the safety and security of our students, staff, District property and visiting patrons. As a specialized law enforcement agency, we are dedicated to providing an ideal learning environment by "Protecting Our Future." We maintain the Community Oriented Policing philosophy, and we encourage the active participation and input of our school community.

The main responsibility of the Apple Valley District Police Officer is to provide for the safety and security of students and staff throughout the District. Each Officer is assigned a primary home school; typically a traditional high school campus. They will respond throughout the District to any of the other schools. Officers work closely with site administration and District Safety Officers, on a variety of criminal and non-criminal safety and security concerns. They advise site administration on appropriate security and emergency preparedness response plans to threats of violence. They are First Responders and provide sound advice, guidance and leadership, to School Campus Security, Administrators, Staff, and District Safety Officers.

The department continually works to earn and maintain the public’s trust, through relationship building and partnership development. Our police officer's respond to calls for service, and incidents that occur within and around the District school grounds, and at school sponsored activities. Our officer's attend Advanced Officer Training and train along side members of the San Bernardino County Sheriff's Department. The District’s police officers have the same qualifications and training as municipal or county law enforcement officers; however, they are required to have additional training in school policing and campus law.

Apple Valley District Police Officers enforce violations of California Penal Codes and Vehicle Codes, any violations of city, county, state and federal laws, and statutes. Officers are responsible for reporting and investigating crimes, drug and gang intervention, traffic control, and overseeing the protection of school property. In addition to responding to acts of violence, Officers are responsible for proactively facilitating threat assessments for threats of violence.

Our police officer's have become an integral part of the law enforcement community in Apple Valley. We pride ourselves through professional development and the Community based policing model. Please get to know our police officer's and reach out to us, should you have any questions, comments, or concerns about our department or the District.

Explorer Post 95

The Apple Valley District Police Department Explorer Program was established in December of 2009. We are dedicated to preparing the next generation of law enforcement officers, by exposing our Explorers and Cadets, to professional training and development at an early age. We pride ourselves in maintaining a 100% success graduation rate, when our cadets attend the police academy. They all have graduated in the top 5 of the graduating class.

Explorer Application (PDF)

To apply for membership in Explorer Post Unit #95, you must meet the following criteria:

  • Be between the ages of 14-21 years old
  • Be enrolled in a high school, college or any other school program
  • Maintain a 2.0 academic grade point average (GPA)
  • Have no felony convictions and not currently be on probation/parole
  • Be of good moral character, in good health and emotionally stable
  • Have an interest in learning about law enforcement and in serving your community
  • Pass a thorough applicant-screening program
  • Willing to make the required commitments

Chief's Message

A Message from the Chief of Police

On behalf of the dedicated law enforcement officers and personnel of the Apple Valley District Police Department, I would like to welcome you to our website. All members of the police department are committed to providing the highest quality in public safety and policing services, and ensuring a safe and secure learning environment for the entire Apple Valley Unified School District community.

Our website provides information about the Apple Valley District Police Department, including our Mission Statement, as well as, our Core Values, upon which we base our policing philosophy. The Apple Valley District Police Department strongly endorses the concepts of community policing, and strives to develop collaborative partnerships throughout each campus and the community. We believe in the richness of diversity and the importance of human dignity. We embrace the values of honesty, integrity, respect, loyalty, fairness and trust.

Our website is designed to provide you with insight about the Apple Valley District Police Department. You will find information about school campus safety, crime prevention and awareness programs and services provided by Department personnel. We have a very active Explorer and Cadet Officer program. We encourage any student interested in participating in this program, to inquire further, under the Explorer Post 95 Program link. Additional information can be found on other important topics. If you cannot find the content or answers you are seeking, please reach out to us.

We look forward to working with the entire Apple Valley Unified School District community, to provide the best possible learning environment, in which our staff and faculty can prepare our students for academic, career and personal success, now and in the future. We are here, at your service, "Protecting our Future."


Cesar Molina, Chief of Police