Law enforcement veteran and gang expert Ralph Batres has spent more than two decades serving his community in various law enforcement positions. In his current role as robbery and gang detective for the city of El Monte, California, he lends his expertise in gang-related criminal trials throughout Los Angeles County. Fluent in English and Spanish, Ralph Batres has in-depth knowledge of Hispanic culture and gang structures, and he regularly participates in media interviews in both English and Spanish.
Throughout his career, Batres has demonstrated a commitment to improving the lives of local El Monte residents, focusing his efforts on community policing strategies such as CPTED (Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design), a method that emphasizes urban design and planning as a crime deterrent. He also possesses knowledge of how to implement SARA (Scanning, Analysis, Response, and Assessment), a method aimed at improving police efficiency and problem prevention.
Ralph Batres has been honored with various professional awards, including the Purple Heart and Medal of Valor awards, as well as a commendation from the California Department of Parole and Rehabilitation Services in recognition of his collaboration with parole agents and his successful apprehension of parolees. Batres also received the 10851 VC Master Award from the Automobile Club of Southern California, an award for his contributions to the recovery of stolen vehicles.
In addition to his work with the El Monte Police Department, Batres volunteers with the state soccer association, hosting a snack bar for a local soccer league that provides athletic opportunities for disadvantaged youth in the El Monte community. In his free time, Batres enjoys listening to music and spending time with his family.