Raised in Orange County, Tara Collins was taught to respect and trust law enforcement as a child. After graduating from law school, she was hired by the San Bernardino County District Attorney’s Office, where she worked as a prosecutor in downtown San Bernardino for almost nine years. She was assigned to the Family Violence Unit (Domestic Violence), Hardcore Gang Prosecution Unit, and the Juvenile Justice Division. During her time as a prosecutor, she went on numerous ride-alongs with IE agencies, search warrant services, and pro-active sweeps. She also taught numerous courses on Domestic Violence, Gangs, and juvenile intervention (through C.A.R.T.) to local law enforcement, fellow prosecutors, and the general public. She participated in various community outreach and delinquency intervention programs for at-risk teens, as well. In 2013, she resigned from the DA’s Office to stay at home with her children. Her time as a prosecutor left her with a deep respect and appreciation for law enforcement.
In 2010, Tara married her husband, who is currently assigned as a Colton Police Department detective, and together they have three children, all under the age of four. Two of her three brothers-in-law are also police officers. Being a part of a police family has only deepened her concern and appreciation for the unique needs of law enforcement. In the current anti-law enforcement climate, she is even more passionate about supporting the men and women of this profession–people that have become friends and family.
As Vice President–Community Outreach, Tara liaisons with active female law enforcement and/or family members of active law enforcement in the Inland Empire to learn what their families need during difficult times. You can contact Tara directly at firstname.lastname@example.org to become a department liaison, or to volunteer on this committee. She is also in charge of the Monthly Belles Newsletter. If you’d like to contribute to that committee and our Belles publication, email her directly at email@example.com. She’d like all the help she can get, and is excited to make new friends as part of this organization.