Press Release Board Honors 39 Officers from County Sheriff's Office

Press Release
March 14, 2023
Contact: Mark Tiernan
669-309-3219  |  [email protected]

39 Officers From The Santa Clara County Sheriff’s Office Honored
By Board of Supervisors For Their Service To Community

SANTA CLARA COUNTY, CA - On March 13, 2023 the Santa Clara County 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 Santa Clara County.

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 Perez

Protective Service Officer Arthur Gonzalez

Sergeant Jeff Taylor

Sergeant Colin Haselbach, CNT

Sergeant Tyrone Monroe, K9

Sergeant Marcus Barbour

Sergeant Tyler Fernandes

Sergeant John Rizqallah

Sergeant Nicolas Carlin

Sergeant Tiffany Poyadue

Sergeant Gerardo Quintant

Sergeant Mike Ford

Deputy Russ Lopez

Deputy Rob Paul

Deputy Mark Harper

Deputy Jennifer Toomey

Deputy Rosalind Nguyen

Deputy Jeremy Ashley

Deputy Brian Tanaka

Deputy Steve Emehiser

Deputy Alok Patel

Deputy Omar Perez

Deputy David Fisher

Deputy Jeffery Slaats

Deputy Edward Tobia

Deputy Reuben Delapena

Deputy Peter Nguyen

Deputy Ryan Hale

Deputy Gabriela Toruno

Deputy Edgar Zuniga

Deputy Jarvis Bui

Deputy Geraldine Fisher

Deputy Joe Brown

Lieutenant Dennis Owens

Lieutenant Jeremy Jones

Captain Jeff Puente

Captain Brendan Omori

Captain 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 Santa Clara County 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



Supervisor Otto Lee serves District 3 on the Santa Clara County 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 & 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].  


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