Operations Division

Captain Phil Gomez was promoted to the rank of Captain on January 2nd, 2022. Captain Gomez began his law enforcement career in 1995 as a Sheriff Deputy in San Diego County. In 1996 he transferred to the Chula Vista Police Department where he worked for 6 years. While at the Chula Vista Police Department, Captain Gomez worked as a field training officer, narcotics detective and served on a federal narcotics task force.

In 2002, Captain Gomez was hired by the Murrieta Police Department and became the 33rd officer hired since inception. Over the past 20 years, Captain Gomez worked as a patrol officer, field training officer, a special enforcement team detective, general detective, corporal, sergeant, detective sergeant, lieutenant and detective lieutenant. Captain Gomez has served 18 years on the SWAT team and worked as a SWAT operator, assistant team leader, team leader and team commander. Captain Gomez was instrumental in the creation of the Southwest Cities Special Weapons and Tactics Team formed of personnel from the cities of Hemet, Menifee and Murrieta. The Southwest Cities SWAT team serves a geographical area of over 100 square miles and a population of over 300,000.

Captain Gomez has a Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Organizational Leadership and is currently completing a Master’s Degree in Criminal Justice, Emergency Management. He attended the Senior Management Institute for Police in 2021.  Captain Gomez has lived in Murrieta with his family for the last 22 years.

Captain Gomez is dedicated to providing the highest level of police service to our citizens and our community. He believes in a pro-active approach to policing by partnering with the community and being open and transparent at all levels of the organization. Customer service is paramount is accomplishing these goals. Captain Gomez has built strong relationships with our surrounding law enforcement partners, the Riverside County District Attorney’s Office, victim services, child protective services and community organizations. Captain Gomez currently oversees uniformed patrol, traffic bureau and SWAT.