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Dave Saragueta

Summer 2012


I am nominating: Dave Saragueta

Years of Service at Cal Poly: 9

Department: University Police, University Police

Position: Police Officer

Why are you nominating this person?  Why do you think he/she deserves the award?:
By his own initiative, Officer Dave Saragueta has endeavored to interface with the campus community by consistently attending Cal Poly basketball games and volunteering for the newly formed bike patrol program.  Dave has also put in extra time and effort to improve on a critical aspect of the police department in his additional assignment as evidence custodian.  Each one of these actions requires effort beyond his regular patrol duty. 

Please select 3 of the 6 Division of Student Affairs values for which your nominee best exemplifies: Integrity, Passion, Quality

Please share how your nominee exemplifies value #1:

As evidence custodian, Dave holds a position that is subject to severe scrutiny and vicarious civil liability if managed improperly.  He does not take his responsibility lightly.  Dave has networked with outside neighboring city police department's to collaborate in developing the best practice for the function and control our evidence room.

Please share how your nominee exemplifies value #2:

Dave is passionate about supporting the Bronco athletic teams and takes pride in the recognition they bring to the campus community.  Dave also frequently gets out of his patrol car and visits areas of the campus to get to know the community he serves.  His decision to become involved with the bike patrol program will reinforce his personal contact with the campus community. He has also gone beyond the basic expectations of his job as evidence custodian and developed relationships with his counterparts at several other agencies in order to improve our evidence procedures.

Please share how your nominee exemplifies value #3:

Dave refused to accept a minimum standard as the status quo for our evidence procedures.  He has taken the time to glean ideas from the procedures of other agencies to help improve and develop the best practice for our department.  He has worked to reorganize evidence, seek out additional training, take on addition duties, help forge new procedures and has created policy for better management and purging of evidence items.  His attention to detail has resulted in more cases being cleared and a more effective system for managing the evidence room.

In what way(s) does this person enhance or contribute to the Cal Poly Pomona campus community?:

By interfacing with our campus community in a positive way, Officer Saragueta helps build lasting relationships that collaborate in developing the best service to students, faculty and staff.

By elevating the standards of our evidence procedures, Dave has helped our department provide better service to victims of crimes within our campus community.