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 Chief's Message

 POA's Message

Dear Community;

On behalf of the men and women of the Indio Police Department, I welcome you to our charity website and hope you choose to support the Memorial.

The Indio Police Department has a long-standing reputation as a progressive and innovative agency that works collaboratively with community members and groups, business leaders, and across public service disciplines to compassionately address crime and quality of life issues in the neighborhoods of Indio. In fact, the Indio Police Department has been repeatedly recognized as a national leader for its community policing approaches to crime and disorder.

Additionally, in May of 2016, the Indio Police Department was one of fifteen law enforcement agencies selected from across the nation as a model agency in implementing the recommendations for the President’s Task Force on 21st Century Policing. Community members should take pride in the accomplishments of their police department because they would not have been realized without your work as our partners in public safety.

Having begun my tenure with the Indio Police Department in August 2016, it is still an extreme honor to continue to serve as the Chief of Police, and look forward to doing so for years to come.  As a department, we are committed to building on our past successes and continuing to be a regional and national leader in law enforcement.

We are proud of our city and strive to live up to our mission statement:  "Our mission, in partnership with the community, is to safeguard and improve the quality of life in Indio by using traditional and non-traditional policing methods that promote trust, support, and confidence in the Indio Police Department," while embracing our motto - "Our Community...Our Commitment."


Mike Washburn,

Indio Chief of Police 

Dear Supporters of the Indio Police Officers, John Rose Memorial:


My name is Jason Polanco and I am the President of the Indio Police Officers Association (IPOA).


Founded in 1967, the IPOA was established as a labor organization to improve the working conditions of the men and women of the Indio Police Department.  Through the years the Indio Police Officer’s Association has maintained its core values in ensuring the rights and benefits of its members while giving back to the community as a non-profit organization.


Currently the IPOA represents all police officers up to the rank of Corporal, and its support staff in the following classifications; Community Service Officer, Dispatcher, Property and Evidence Officers, and Crime Analysts.


Since 2004, the IPOA has had the pleasure of working closely with the memorial and are honored every day in its continuing relationship. The memorial works diligently to raise funds through events such as our annual golf tournament to assist officers, and their families, should they be injured or killed in the line of duty.


Rest assured that your contributions are not spent recklessly or at the helm of a politically driven organization.

Each of the memorial’s trustees and chairman take your contributions seriously and exercise fiscal responsibility in every decision they make.  Because of this the memorial has successfully assisted numerous officers and their families. Additionally, the memorial is extremely proud to have awarded over $10,000 in educational scholarships to officers and their children.


On behalf of the men and women of the Indio Police Officers Association, I would like to thank each and every one of you, because without your generous support our charity would not exist.


The Indio Police Officers Association can be reached by regular mail at:



P.O. Box 2243

Indio, CA 92202

Or via email:



Jason Polanco

President IPOA


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