PALM SPRINGS — The Banning Police Officers’ Association (BPOA) has given its coveted endorsement to Lt. Chad Bianco over incumbent Sheriff Stan Sniff.

The Banning POA joins numerous other law enforcement organizations in endorsing Bianco, including the Palm Springs POA, the Riverside POA, the Hemet POA, Corona POA and the Riverside Sheriffs’ Association.

“Chad has the support of countless law enforcement organizations and the men and women who patrol our streets everyday,” Albert Felix, BPOA President, said in a prepared statement. “We are proud to join our colleagues in supporting the candidate who understands the challenges our members face daily and who will bring positive change to the Sheriff’s Department. The Banning POA endorses Chad Bianco for Riverside County Sheriff.”

The Banning POA endorsement follows a new TV ad released by the Chad Bianco for Sheriff campaign where men and women of law enforcement speak on Chad’s qualifications. Here is that ad.

Bianco was the top vote-getter in the election for Sheriff during the June 5th Primary Election. He faces Sniff in a run-off election this November.

Sniff, is the 13th Sheriff of Riverside County, having served in that capacity since 2007 when he was appointed by the Riverside County Board of Supervisors. He was subsequently re-elected in 2014 to a second full , four-year term. He is the third Sheriff to also serve as Coroner-Public Administrator since that Department was merged in 1999.

The Riverside County Sheriff’s Department was created in 1893 and is the second largest Sheriff’s Department in California, with 4,600 full-time staff and more than 1,600 volunteers. The Department has an annual operating budget of $640 million. The sheriff oversees county-wide patrol operations, jail operations, court security and coroner investigations.

Sniff, who grew up in the Indio area, has more than 38 years of law enforcement experience. Sniff began his law enforcement career in 1975 with the Coachella Police Department, transferring to the Sheriff’s Department in 1979 where he has served on assignments across the Coachella Valley.