Robert Wickum Deputy Chief
Deputy Chief Wickum was born and raised in Alta Loma, now Rancho Cucamonga. He attended Alta Loma High School and Cal State University, San Bernardino, where he earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Public Administration. After graduating from college he was commissioned as an officer in the US Army Military Police Corps Regiment. He’s a graduate of the Sheriff’s 95th Session of the Basic Academy, the POST Supervisory Leadership Institute, POST Executive Leadership and the FBI National Academy.
Deputy Chief Wickum started his law enforcement career in 1982 as an Explorer at the West End Sheriff’s Station, and later at the Rancho Cucamonga Station. During college he served as a Reserve Deputy Sheriff and part time dispatcher. After graduating from the basic academy he was assigned to the Central Detention Center and, later, the City of Victorville, where he lived for many years. Following his promotion to Detective/Corporal, he worked at the Sheriff’s Training Division and Criminal Intelligence Division. As a Sergeant, then Lieutenant, he saw assignments at the West Valley Detention Center, Public Affairs Division, Rancho Cucamonga Station, Court Services Division and Employee Resources Division.
Prior to his promotion to Deputy Chief, he was the commander of the Frank Bland Regional Training Center. His other commands included the Colorado River Station, where he served as the Police Chief for the City of Needles, and later the command of our largest jail facility, the West Valley Detention Center.
Deputy Chief Wickum is currently serving as the Desert Patrol Bureau Chief with oversight of seven patrol stations covering over 19,000 square miles. This vast desert area includes seven cities – Adelanto, Apple Valley, Hesperia, Needles, Twentynine Palms, Victorville and Yucca Valley – as well as several communities in the unincorporated area – Baker, Big River, Havasu Landing, Helendale, Joshua Tree, Landers, Lucerne Valley, Morongo Valley, Phelan, Trona, Wrightwood and Yermo, to name only a few.
He is a member of several law enforcement organizations, including the California State Sheriff’s Association, the California Peace Officers Association, the California Narcotics Officers Association, the International Association of Chiefs of Police, the National Sheriffs Association and FBI National Academy Associates.