Officer Biographies

Chief Steve Hinojos

Chief Hinojos is a proud native of the High Desert and graduated from Apple Valley Senior High School. He was appointed as the Chief of the Hesperia Unified School District Police Department in May of 2015, after serving over 27 years with the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department. He’s worked numerous officer and supervisory assignments including custody, patrol, training, boat patrol, and special response units. As a Sheriff Sergeant, he’s held various positions throughout the SBSD divisions, and forged numerous business and community relationships. As Chief of the HUSDPD, Chief Hinojos is responsible for the oversight of 8 sworn officers and 3 civilian support staff, to police over 73 sq. miles covering 26 district sites attended by over 23 thousand students and 16 thousand employees. Chief Hinojos holds an Associate’s Degree in Criminal Justice. He is a member of various professional school safety and police organizations. Chief Hinojos and his team will provide our stakeholders with a police department that is both responsive to their needs and capable of adapting to unexpected challenges that may come our way. Through our good work, we will continue to build on our past successes, and become the premier example of school-based policing. We will accomplish this together, professionally, always understanding we must serve as role models to the students and be committed to excellence through service at all times.

Steve was hired by our Department in January 2014. He enjoys developing a professional rapport with students and staff members and parents throughout the district. Steve is a member of our Graffiti Task Force and he helped implement our graffiti database that we use daily. Since Steve became involved in our graffiti program, we have noticed a substantial decrease in vandalism on and around our district sites. Steve’s also a very effective public speaker. Our Department utilizes Steve for our various public speaking events including Red Ribbon Week as well as Active Shooter presentations. Our Department hosts several of these trainings each year and Steve is an active participant in these events. Steve looks forward to several more years with our Department! 

Sergeant Anthony Valencia

Anthony was hired by our Department in 2016 and is our current Corporal. “Tony,” as he likes to be called, brings an impressive and lengthy career to our agency. He has 40 years of experience in law enforcement, predominately assigned as a general “Investigator.” Tony has investigated 1,000’s of criminal cases. He’s participated in Administrational, Personnel, and Industrial Accident Investigations. In the late 1970s and early 1980s, Tony was stationed in Spain and worked as a Criminal Investigator enforcing Military and International Laws.
In 1981, Tony was hired with the San Bernardino Sheriff’s Department where he spent the majority of his career as a Detective. Tony has been appointed “acting” Sergeant for the Patrol Division as well as the Detective Bureau. He has specialized training in Driving Awareness, Pursuit Driving, Search and Rescue, and also as an Instructor for Criminal Courses. In 2012, he retired from the Sheriff’s Department and started working for Apple Valley School District as an Officer. Tony remained there until he was hired with us in 2016.
Tony possesses an Advanced Post Certificate and was awarded “Officer of the Year ” on five separate occasions. He has three “Commanders Awards” and one Sheriff’s “Distinguished Service” award. It’s a pleasure to have Tony be a part of our team and to have the opportunity to learn from his experiences during his lengthy career in Law Enforcement.

CORPORAL Kevin Bacor

Kevin was hired by our Department in February 2014. He worked numerous assignments while with Riverside County Sheriff’s Department; Patrol, Custody, Court Services, as well as various Special Enforcement Teams. Kevin handles our Department’s Social Media accounts and attempts to stay current with the latest Social Media trends. Kevin has attended Advanced Officer Trainings in Leadership, Investigations, and School Threat Assessments, which he applies daily. Kevin also helped update, and implement our Emergency Response Protocols for all of our school sites. Kevin’s spouse is an Educator with Fontana School District and they have 2 young daughters together. Kevin possesses an Advanced Post Certificate and Bachelor’s Degree. Kevin is excited to continue to help foster positive relationships with students, parents, and school staff.


Michelle was hired by our Department in August 2019. Michelle previously worked for the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department for 6 years. While working for the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department, Michelle worked in Corrections and on Patrol in the City of Hesperia. While working on Patrol in the City of Hesperia, Michelle specialized in child family services and adult protective services cases and will be an asset to our department. Michelle volunteered her time with the Hesperia Police Activities League and the Explorer Program. Michelle has attended multiple advance officer trainings including Human Trafficking, Crisis Intervention, Interview and Interrogation, Basic Traffic Investigations and Deputy Leadership Institution. Michelle grew up locally in the High Desert and graduated from Serrano High School. Michelle is looking forward to being a mentor and positive role model for our students.

Officer Clay Lacey

Officer Caleb Mullinax

Caleb was hired by our Department in September 2016. Caleb previously worked for the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department as a Deputy Sheriff and worked both Custody and Patrol assignments. Caleb possesses a Basic POST Certificate. Caleb grew up locally in the high desert and was a graduate of Sultana High School. Caleb is married and his wife is an Educator within our district. Caleb strives to be a positive role model for our students here in the Hesperia Unified School District.


Officer Rangel is a high desert native. He is one of seven children and has a family of his own. Patrick worked for the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department since 2015. He’s worked in a jail facility as well as patrol in our surrounding communities of Adelanto and Lucerne Valley. Patrick possesses a Basic Post certificate and has attended numerous Advanced Officer courses throughout his 4 years of service. Some of those courses included Tactical Communications, Firearms & Electronic Weapons, Crisis Intervention and First Aid/VPR Refresher Courses. Patrick is hard working and dedicated to the safety of our students. He loves working with kids and looks forward to working with our diverse Hesperia population.

Officer Robert Smith

Robert was hired by our Department in August 2018. Robert had previously worked for the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department as well as the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department. While working for the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department, Robert served as a Field Training Officer in his Corrections and Patrol assignments. Robert has attended multiple advanced officer trainings including Crisis Intervention, Tactical Communication, Basic Traffic Investigation, and Active Shooter Training. Robert currently possesses a Basic Post Certificate and Associate's Degree in Criminal Justice. Robert is a local native and has lived in the High Desert for over 30 years. Robert is looking forward to establishing a close partnership with school administrators and developing a positive working relationship with the students.

Police Safety Specialist Louis Clouston

Louis was hired by our Department in October 2014. He has 10 years prior Law Enforcement experience as a Level 1 Reserve Officer and has attended the Basic Peace Officers’ Academy in Los Angeles County. Louis brings experience from working at various college campuses and positive interactions with students of all ages. He works closely with the district office and helps provide support for our S.A.R.B program. Louis assists with report writing, traffic complaints, and any other traffic related issues district-wide. Louis helps supervise our “after hours” Security Company contracted by Hesperia School District. Louis enjoys the outdoors and has two young adult children.

Adenia Hamilton - Executive Secretary II

Adenia has been employed with Hesperia Unified School District since 2007. She’s worked hard at every position she’s been given and currently holds the position of Confidential Secretary to the Chief. Adenia grew up in Hesperia and ultimately graduated from Sultana High School. Adenia serves a key role in the day to day operation of our Department. She also serves as a liaison between our Department, our 25 school sites, and the general public. Adenia has enjoyed every position she has held within our district, but refers to her current position as her “favorite.” She looks forward to many more years with the District.

Miriam Gastelum - Police Support Specialist

Miriam was originally hired with Hesperia Unified School District in 2006 as a Receptionist at Hesperia Junior High School. She worked there for a short period of time and accepted a position with the California Highway Patrol where she stayed for the next 9 years. Miriam decided to come back to our district and was hired as a Police Support Specialist. She’s bilingual and extremely important in our day to day operations. She’s in direct contact with our Juvenile Probation Department and our local Courthouses to keep our operation running smoothly. Miriam is married with 2 children and wants to continue to “help make the world a better place.”