Advanced Professional Training
Commission on Peace Officer Standards and Training Certifications (P.O.S.T)
Basic, Intermediate and Advanced P.O.S.T. Certificates
Basic Collision Investigation
Intermediate (Skid Mark Analysis) Collision Investigation
Advanced Collision Investigation
Auto/Pedestrian Collision Investigation
Traffic Collision Reconstruction
San Mateo Superior Court Certified Traffic Collision Reconstruction Expert
Basic Motorcycle Officer
Commercial Vehicle Enforcement
High Speed Emergency Vehicle Operations Instructor
Driver Awareness Instructor
Field Training Officer
DUI Investigations-Standardized Field Sobriety Test (SFST)
DUI Investigations- SFST- Instructor
DUI Checkpoint Planning and Management
Preliminary Alcohol Screening (PAS or Breathalizer) Device Operation and Calibration
Advanced Roadside Impaired Driver Enforcement (ARIDE)
Drug Abuse Recognition
San Mateo Superior Court Certified Drug Abuse Recognition Expert
Crisis Intervention Training
2000- Special Sheriff Commendation award for my roll in identifying the suspects in a kidnapping for ransom case.
2017- Lieutenant Commendation award for successfully investigating a fatal collision. After completion of the investigation, it was determined that the driver acted negligently enough to warrant a criminal complaint. The driver was charged and subsequently convicted of manslaughter.
2018- Lieutenant Commendation award for my roll in investigating a felony hit and run which resulted in great bodily injury. With only a small piece of the suspect vehicle located on scene, our team eventually located the suspect vehicle and discovered evidence that tied the vehicle to the collision. I obtained a confession from the driver, who was arrested and charged.
2-time DUI Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) award recipient.
3-time DUI Avoid the 23 award recipient.
History and Background
I began my law enforcement career as a cadet with the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department in southern California. As soon as I was old enough, at 19 years old, I entered the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department Reserve Academy. Graduating at only 20 years old, I became one of the youngest sworn officers in California history. I worked as a reserve deputy while attending college. I put my law enforcement career on hold to finish my B.A. in San Francisco. After graduating and working in the private sector for about 5 years, I finally gave into the relentless call to service and returned to law enforcement. In 2008 I was hired full time by the Ventura County Sheriff’s Department.
After working for 2 years, I made my move back to my second home in the bay area and was hired by a police agency in the peninsula where I worked for an additional 8 years until a fateful spring day when I responded to an active shooter incident. There, while evacuating victims, I injured my back. After over a year of trying to recover, I was unable to return to the strain of full duty and was medically retired.
During my 9 year tenure, I worked patrol for 4 years. While working all shifts, I learned to investigate all kinds of crimes, including but not limited to, theft, burglary, rape, assault, domestic violence, narcotics, DUI, fraud, child and elder abuse. I then tested, and was selected for the traffic unit.
While in the traffic unit, I was responsible for traffic enforcement, investigating traffic collisions and reviewing and approving traffic collision reports written by other officers. I issued hundreds of citations for vehicle code violations and investigated hundreds of collisions; from minor injury to fatalities.
During my time in the traffic unit I became a Field Training Officer and shortly there after earned the rank of Master Officer. I also became the Senior Traffic Officer and the lead investigator for all major and fatal collisions for the department.
I also became an expert in all matters DUI. I became the department coordinator for training officers in proper DUI investigations and became certified as a DUI investigation instructor from the California Highway Patrol. I was also certified in Preliminary Alcohol Screening (PAS) device operation and calibration as well as DUI Checkpoint Planning and Management.
I am a member of the California Association of Licensed Investigators (CALI) as well as the California Association of Accident Reconstruction Specialists (CA2RS). As such, I continue to attend regular training to advance my knowledge and expertise in my field. I am also certified to testify as a traffic accident reconstruction expert by the San Mateo Superior Court.
I am a licensed Private Investigator and Guard, and licensed to carry firearms.