Menifee Police Department Captain David A. Gutierrez is no stranger to law enforcement “startups” during his career.
Captain Gutierrez began his law enforcement career in 2002 with the Sacramento County Sheriff’s Department, serving as a jail deputy, gang intelligence deputy and patrol deputy. Then, in November 2006, he was named an inaugural police officer with the newly-formed Citrus Heights Police Department.
Following work as a field training officer and gang and narcotics detective, Gutierrez was promoted to Citrus Heights Police Department Sergeant in 2013. In this role, he served as a supervisor for patrol, traffic and defensive tactics before being promoted to Lieutenant in 2015. As Lieutenant, Gutierrez served as a patrol watch commander, special operations lieutenant, professional standards and training lieutenant and the department’s public information officer.
“That was amazing to be a part of it, I was able to see all of the successes along with the challenges,” said Gutierrez. “Most cops never get the opportunity to be part of a start-up even once, let alone twice. So when this opportunity came up, I immediately knew I wanted to be part of it. Citrus Heights Police Department’s success was built on customer service and community engagement. Upon meeting Chief Walsh, it was clear to me his vision and passion were rooted in customer service and community engagement as well.”
During his law enforcement career, Gutierrez has also led many specialty units, including traffic, problem-oriented policing, code enforcement, animal services, crime scene investigation and property, and evidence. At the Menifee Police Department, Gutierrez looks forward to utilizing his diverse skillset and background to build strong relationships and deliver the highest quality of law enforcement services.
“Our customer service model will be exceptional, so the community knows we’ll always be there for them, and a phone call to us will never be a bother,” said Gutierrez. “It’s really exciting. We have an opportunity to really build strong and lasting relationships here, externally and internally.”