Dave started his career with the Pacifica Police Department where he rose to the rank of Captain in 2008, prior to which he was a sergeant for 13 years. He has worked as a patrol officer, gang officer, traffic officer and detective. In 2011 he took a position as a Police Commander in the Menlo Park Police Department, responsible as the second in command for the department. In 2018, he was appointed as the Menlo Park Chief of Police.
He has been involved in training since 1996, when he started teaching for a local community college, College of San Mateo. He is now an adjunct professor in the Administration of Justice Department for the College of San Mateo.
He teaches semester long classes on the Criminal Justice System, criminal, constitutional and procedural law and criminal investigations; along with teaching numerous subjects in the Basic Academy Modular format. He is also a certified instructor for the South Bay Regional Public Safety Training Consortium Police Academy, instructing a myriad of subjects.
Dave is a national faculty member for the Josephson Institute of Ethics, a national non-profit organization whose mission is to improve the ethical quality of society by changing personal and organizational decision making and behavior.
Dave is a graduate of the College of San Mateo and holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Management from Saint Mary’s College. He is a POST (Police Officer Standard and Training) certified instructor and is a graduate of the California POST Master Instructor Development Program, a one year intensive program designed to create a cadre of highly trained law enforcement instructors throughout the state. He also holds a Master’s Degree in Military History from Norwich University. He is also a graduate of the CA POST Command College Program along with the Police Executive Research Forum's Senior Management in Policing Course.