In 1994, Captain Leonard Hollingsworth began his full-time career with the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department and was assigned to the Robert Presley Detention Center and Riverside General Hospital. In 1996, he was transferred to the Banning Sheriff’s Station where he worked patrol, investigations, and became one of the Department’s search and rescue coordinators.
In 2001, he was promoted to Sergeant and served in several assignments at both the Southwest Detention Center and Lake Elsinore Station. During his tenure as a Sergeant, he volunteered for a collateral assignment to the Department’s Disaster Response Team, an early version of the current Sheriff’s Emergency Response Team (SERT), where he served until 2010.
In 2006, he was promoted to Lieutenant and transferred to the Southwest Station where he managed patrol, investigations and special teams. In 2009, he was assigned to the Ben Clark Training Center as the Administrative Lieutenant, where he acted as a liaison between the Department and the many agencies and entities involved with the training center, oversaw multiple construction projects and building upgrades, and managed the Department’s firing range and armory.
In July, 2010, he was promoted to Captain by Sheriff Stan Sniff and became the commander of the Southwest Detention Center where he served until late 2011. During December, 2011, he was selected to lead the Riverside County Regional Gang Task Force (GTF), a multi-agency regionalized task force comprised of local, state, and federal law enforcement officers focused on the suppression, prevention and intervention of criminal street gangs.
Captain Hollingsworth has lived in Riverside County his entire life, and currently resides in Murrieta with his wife Heidi. Together they have five children and four grandchildren. His oldest son is also a deputy with the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department.