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Press release Board honors 39 officers from County Sheriff's Office

39 officers from the County of Santa Clara Sheriff’s Office honored
by Board of Supervisors for their service to community

County of Santa Clara, CA - On March 13, 2023 the County of Santa Clara Board of Supervisors recognized the outstanding work and bravery of officers and personnel from the County Sheriff’s Office in their handling of a volatile situation in San José last year. Supervisor Otto Lee recognized each of the officers with certificates and a Board Commendation for the Office of the Sheriff Crisis Negotiation Team for de-escalating a potentially deadly situation and their dedication and service to the residents of County of Santa Clara.

The Deputies employed their training to de-escalate a volatile situation as they waited for the Sheriff’s Crisis Negotiation Team, CNT, to arrive. The CNT utilized their specialized skill set while the individual continued to escalate the situation, the Deputies engaged in non-lethal measures to eventually subdue the individual.

“I’m so thankful for the bravery and composure displayed by our Sheriff’s Deputies. The Crisis Negotiation Team de-escalated a very dangerous situation and safely disarmed a distraught individual,” said Supervisor Otto Lee. “While risking their lives, these officers remained calm and professional to keep everyone in the area safe.”

The County of Santa Clara has been focused on enhanced de-escalation and crisis response training for law enforcement and personnel.

The Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors honored the following thirty-nine personnel involved in the last year’s incident for dedicating their lives to serving the residents of Santa Clara County with unwavering commitment to making our community one of compassion, safety, and pride:  

Protective Service Officer Robert PerezProtective Service Officer Arthur GonzalezSergeant Jeff Taylor
Sergeant Colin Haselbach, CNTSergeant Tyrone Monroe, K9Sergeant Marcus Barbour
Sergeant Tyler FernandesSergeant John RizqallahSergeant Nicolas Carlin
Sergeant Tiffany PoyadueSergeant Gerardo QuintantSergeant Mike Ford
Deputy Russ LopezDeputy Rob PaulDeputy Mark Harper
Deputy Jennifer ToomeyDeputy Rosalind NguyenDeputy Jeremy Ashley
Deputy Brian TanakaDeputy Steve EmehiserDeputy Alok Patel
Deputy Omar PerezDeputy David FisherDeputy Jeffery Slaats
Deputy Edward TobiaDeputy Reuben DelapenaDeputy Peter Nguyen
Deputy Ryan HaleDeputy Gabriela TorunoDeputy Edgar Zuniga
Deputy Jarvis BuiDeputy Geraldine FisherDeputy Joe Brown
Lieutenant Dennis OwensLieutenant Jeremy JonesCaptain Jeff Puente
Captain Brendan OmoriCaptain Eric Bourassa 

Photos and additional information about today’s presentation will be available online at If you or someone you know is struggling with mental illness, self-harm, or addiction/substance use in crisis please dial 9-8-8

The County of Santa Clara Sheriff’s Department has a Gun Relinquishment Program where individuals may turn in any unwanted firearms. Please contact the Sheriff’s Office for more information (408)-299-2311 or visit the County Sheriff site.



Supervisor Otto Lee serves District 3 on the County of Santa Clara Board of Supervisors which represents Sunnyvale, Milpitas, and the northern neighborhoods of San José including Alviso and Berryessa. Supervisor Lee also serves as the Vice President of the Board of Supervisors. He is an intellectual property attorney, Retired U.S. Navy Commander, former Sunnyvale Mayor and Councilmember, and father. Supervisor Lee lives in Sunnyvale with his wife and three daughters, and their family rabbit. He was elected to represent District 3 in November 2020. More information about him and the District 3 Office is available online at or contact us anytime via email at [email protected].

Contact: Mark Tiernan
669-309-3219  |  [email protected]