Joseph “Joe” Puccio is the licensed Qualified Manager and Consultant. Joe has 42
years in law enforcement public safety experience, retired as a Supervising Special
Investigator – Lieutenant, holds a Master of Arts Degree in Criminal Justice, holds a Life
Time Teaching Credential, and all of the Peace Officer Standards of Training Basic,
Intermediate, and Advanced Certificates (POST) issued. Joe has provided Security
Management since 2008 and has been teaching for 35 years. Joe holds a certified NRA
pistol, rifle, shotgun, home safety/protection, conceal carry, range safety officer, Bureau
of Security and Investigative Services firearms instructor and baton instructor. Joe has
30 years of experience as a criminal justice instructor.
He has been a peace officer in the State of California since 1966 with basic training from
Alameda County Sheriff’s Office during 1965-66. He served in the positions of Deputy
Sheriff, Police Officer, Police Detective, District Attorney Investigator, Chief Investigator,
State Investigator, Lead Senior Investigator, and Supervising Special Investigator I /
While employed as the District Attorney’s Chief Investigator for the Trinity County
District Attorney’s Office, I served as the supervisor of the Family Support Division.
Over the few years that I managed the Family Support Division, I was able to raise the
collection rate from $125,000.00 to $500,000.00 per year. Also, while at Trinity County, I
conducted trial preparation investigations for the District Attorney working closely with
him to bring major criminal cases to a successful prosecution.
I left Trinity County District Attorney’s Office and moved to the Sacramento Valley to care
for my parents as a result of their health. I worked as a Resident Deputy Sheriff for the
Yolo County Sheriff’s Department and then worked for the Winters Police Department.
While at Winters Police Department, I wrote a number of grants which were successful in
bringing additional revenue to the Police Department. While employed by Winters
Police Department, I was selected “Officer of the Year” two years in a row for my
exceptional work in the community and grant writing ability. Further, I was selected to
be the Grand Marshall for the Youth Day Parade; an honor bestowed upon me as a result
of my direct work with juveniles in the community and with the Winters Joint Unified
I left Winters Police Department to re-enter State service for promotional opportunities.
Napa State Hospital (NSH) employed me as a Hospital Police Officer I. While employed
by NSH, I was promoted to Senior Special Investigator and transferred to Patton State
Hospital (PSH). At PSH, I became the Lead Senior Special Investigator handling all of
PSH’s criminal, civil, and administrative cases. During my time at PSH, I worked closely
with William L. Summers, Executive Director (Deceased), to bring issues to a positive
At PSH, I wrote policies, was a member of the Policy Review Board, worked closely with
Central Nursing Services, Clinical Administrator, Hospital Administrator, Program
Directors and their assistants. I was able to simplify the reporting process and was able
to clear over 100 cases per quarter with successful criminal prosecutions on most of the
cases delivered to the District Attorney’s Office.
In April 2001, I was given the opportunity to transfer to the Department of Developmental
Services’ Headquarters Office in Sacramento. While at Headquarters, I was assigned to
the Professional and Standards Branch of the Office of Protective Services (OPS). In
May, June, and July 2001, I obtained Peace Officer Standards & Training (POST) training
to conduct Peace Officer background investigations and Peace Officer Internal Affairs
investigations. Since, I have conducted numerous Peace Officer and Non-Peace Officer
Background investigations and general Internal Affairs investigations. Additionally, I
managed the OPS mobile fleet which included fire engines, ambulances, police patrol
units, commander vehicles, and unmarked units.
Furthermore, I volunteered as a firefighter for the Weaverville Volunteer Fire Department
and received training in fire protection and firefighting. At San Mateo County District
Attorney’s Office and at Trinity County District Attorney’s Office, I wrote the Safety Policy
and Procedures for both offices. At Trinity County, I was recruited as the safety trainer-
instructor for the Joint County Power to train all of the Joint County Power employees.
In 1971, I graduated from California State University at Sacramento with a Bachelor of
Arts Degree in Criminal Justice and a Master of Arts Degree in 1978. I continued my
education taking Peace Officer Standards of Training courses and other courses to
refresh and improve my skills. I hold five POST Certificates, which are: three general law
enforcement certificates (Basic, Intermediate, and Advanced) and two specialized
Investigator certificates (Intermediate and Advanced). I have a lifetime Secondary
Teaching Credential for all law enforcement subjects and completed the POST
Supervisory Core Course.
I retired on May 20, 2008, and have been managing security companies and teaching
criminal justice courses at Heald College, San Jose/Milpitas Campus. I acquired the
Heald College security contract and stepped down from teaching at Heald. I was
returned to Heald College Instructional Staff in Legal and Criminal Justice Department.
Heald College was controlled by the parent company Corinthian Colleges, Inc. which
filed bankruptcy on April 26, 2015. My contract ended and all teachers/instructors were
dismissed as a result of the campus closing. However, my staff was armed on campus
for over two years and successfully harden the target and maintained safety and security
on the campus.
When considering my experience and State Secondary Education Teaching Credential, I
am the perfect candidate to manage security for all segments of our society, for all areas
of concern, and to conduct investigation in the State of California and other locations as
I conduct investigations for one law firm in the state assisting the law firm to
successfully litigate cases to a positive conclusion.
My belief is security/investigators/police/other law enforcement staff must meet the
challenge of the future by moving forward with positive innovations to improve services
and keep budget expenditures to the lowest possible level. We need to meet the needs
of each employee, student, client, customer, and community member. There is a median
in the management of a law enforcement public safety and as an owner of a security firm
and an investigator that should protect the community as a whole that must be
achieved. I am willing to meet this challenge. My lengthy experience, training, and
education will benefit you and your clients.
Joseph P. Puccio
License Firearms Instructor
License Baton Instructor
NRA Instructor for Pistol, Rifle, Shotgun, Home Protection, and Conceal Carry.