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Instructor Profile

Assistant Sheriff, San Bernardino County


Ron Cochran Assistant Sheriff Originally from Toledo, Ohio, Assistant Sheriff Cochran came to California in 1964. He attended Pomona High School and, later, Azusa Pacific University where he earned a B.A. in Sociology. Cochran was a Hall of Fame quarterback for the Azusa Pacific Cougars and holds the record for number of interceptions. He was also inducted into the Azusa-Pacific Academic Hall of Fame. This scholar athlete furthered his education and earned a Masters Degree in Public Administration from the University of La Verne. His professional scholastic accomplishments include successful completion of POST Command College, West Point Leadership Academy and the Executive Development course. Assistant Sheriff Cochran began his career with the San Bernardino County Sheriff Department in 1984. He rose through the ranks over three decades, landing him in his current position. As an Assistant Sheriff, he is responsible for all support operations. He is the first African-American to hold the position of Assistant Sheriff in the history of the San Bernardino County Sheriff Department. He started his law enforcement career as a deputy at the West End Station and was transferred to Backgrounds and Recruitment. He was promoted to detective and served as a Community Liaison in Media Relations. As a sergeant, Cochran was assigned to Internal Affairs and the Highland Station; as lieutenant he worked at Employee Resources and the Rancho Station. Cochran held the position of Captain at the Highland Station and the Scientific Investigations Division. Prior to his appointment to Assistant Sheriff, Cochran was a Deputy Chief, responsible for directing, planning, coordinating, and managing all functions within the Field Support Services Bureau for the Sheriff Department. Cochran is most recognized in the area of Ethics Training, Community Development Strategies and Community Oriented Policing. He combines his vast knowledge of law enforcement with his desire to help the community to foster an attitude of effective and accountable service to the residents of San Bernardino County. His desire to better the community is evident in his personal life also, as he is involved with various service organizations. Cochran is active in Life Changing Mentoring and is a member of the Kiwanis Club in Highland and the NAACP of San Bernardino.